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Wiring on top of battery case looks to be melting

If you look at the top of the battery box on a 2003 new beetle 2.0 there are two flip up covers there are like sixe wires that look to be connected to the positive battey cable here the wire on the far left is melting the plastic . what is causing this?

wiring on top of battery case looks to be melting casing help!!!

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    my car is doing the same thing. do you have a stereo system installed other than the stock monsoon?

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The wire that is getting so hot may have gotten chaffed and shorted out. do you have aftermarket accessories connected ? They may be drawing too much amperage.

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