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What could cause the part of the starter that the wire from the battery connects to start fire once the wiring was replaced? The starter was tested andthe battery was tested, both good. Found lots of

Car failed while driving. thought it was the battery and while the neighbor was jumping the car I noticed a plume of smoke coming from the exact place that later caught fire. Also, when I was attempting to start it, when I turned the key there was a grinding noise that is why I then thought it my be the starter...

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I had the same problem, make sure your wires are not exposed and shorting on some piece of metal, that could cause a fire. Other than that I would check that starter again, it sounds like it is seized or maybe you have the wires on backwards. If you have an oil leak and oil gets into that starter it will destroy it. Hope that helps!

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  • Carolyn Joyce Jan 23, 2013

    Thank you so much for talking to me! It's so late! I will check eveything you suggested to see it that is it! I was doing this at night in -17 degree windchill! Tomorrow's a new day... thanks again, sincerely.

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SOURCE: Truck turning-over when jumping battery

if you replace the alternator im sure it will be fine while your driving the battery is not getting charged so thats the only thing that it could be

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all I had to do on a sable was to replace the belt but look at the battery there should be a wire coming from the battery going to another solenoid mounted under the hood and then going down to the starter get a 12 volt tester and see if you have power going to this solenoid cause it could be dead on one end and not going down to the starter

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It could be a faulty radio unit. I had the same thing happen to my 99 taurus and that ended up being the problem.

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Check the fuse box and make sure no fuses are blown. I had the same problem with my honda motorbike and thought the worst of it but then checked the fuses and found that one had blown. Once replaced the bike was fine!

Hope this helps you in someway! Good luck!

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SOURCE: 89 bronco won't start. new starter relay, starter

check both ground the starter when hook up and selinoid starter trigger signal wire

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