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I have a 96 Ford Probe that I purchased a few weeks ago. I had both of the belts and the thermostat replaced and then I started losing power so I was told to replace the battery cables and terminals. I did that and now when my son tries to put the battery back in the car , with the negative in place , he touches the positive to the post and it sparks alot and grabs ahold of it , like it's melting. He went over everything that he thought may cause this and we still can't find the problem. We even had the alternator checked and it is good. No exposed wires and it seems to be grounded. anymore suggestions on what we should look for ? Thank You.

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  • nyteanqei Feb 24, 2009

    My son said Thank You, he will try anything at this point. He is having a hard time tracing the positive wire , he said it is really long and goes underneath where it is out of view. We are going out there again tomorrow and try again , He has also blown 3 main fuses because of the short , I assume , but we bought extra just in case. lol Thanks Again for your help , He will try to trace it down again tomorrow. Pamela D.

  • nyteanqei Feb 24, 2009

    My son said Thank You, he will try anything at this point. He is having a hard time tracing the positive wire , he said it is really long and goes underneath where it is out of view. We are going out there again tomorrow and try again , He has also blown 3 main fuses because of the short , I assume , but we bought extra just in case. lol Thanks Again for your help , He will try to trace it down again tomorrow. Pamela D.

  • nyteanqei Feb 24, 2009

    I have a 96 Ford Probe that I purchased a few weeks ago. I had both of the belts and the thermostat replaced and then I started losing power so I was told to replace the battery cables and terminals. I did that and now when my son tries to put the battery back in the car , with the negative in place , he touches the positive to the post and it sparks alot and grabs ahold of it , like it's melting. He went over everything that he thought may cause this and we still can't find the problem. We even had the alternator checked and it is good. No exposed wires and it seems to be grounded. anymore suggestions on what we should look for ? Thank You.

  • nyteanqei Feb 24, 2009

    He had a truck driver to help him today , in the light lol and the guy helped him replace the positive battery wire and that fixed it. After about 10 days of being broke down , I finally got it at home now. lol Thanks for all of your help. Pamela D.

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    hello again, i have a 96 ford probe, we just replaced the battery and alternator and the battery keeps dying it loses power pretty quick what could the problem be now, thanks.

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Sorry I can't so much for you on this one except tell you that you have a hot wire or cable grounding out somewhere. I obviously is a large power line since it melts the positive post when contact is made. Check the positive cable that runs down to the starter. It may have been pinched or possibly melted through the rubber case that encloses the cable. Follow the cable from the batery or soleniod down to the starter and check where it may have come into contact with the hot exhaust and melted through. Good luck I hope this gives you a good starting point. Let me know the outcome. I would be glad to help more if you need it.

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  • BILL RICHARDSON Feb 24, 2009

    Hello again. The very long wire you mention is probably the cable that runs under or near the exhaust and it has melted through somewhere and made contact. Have your son spend the time with a good light to see where the contact is being made. If it is this cable you will need to replace it. When he replaces it have him route it away from the heat source that caused the damage so this will not occur again. Let me know how this turns out. Glad to help anytime.

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