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Battery ground wire

Should there be a separate ground wire that attaches to the chassis that is connected to the negative battery cable?

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On most Nissan products, the ground cable is bolted to the body before it gets to the engine connection. The large cable handles both connections. There may also be additional ground wires between the engine and body.

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the cable coming off the starter is the postive (+) cable not the ground cable. thats why its not truning over cause you have now power going to the starter. run the cable from the stater to the (+) side of the battary and i bet it will start up

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First, be sure that there is a ground strap, cable or wire from three spots:
1. from neg. side of battery to block
2. from block to firewall
3. from firewall to battery

The above will give you a good ground. You might also want to add a ground from one of the above to the vehicle frame just to be sure.

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I am about to have the same problem with my 2002 ZX2. My shop called the Ford dealer and they can replace it for $450.00...
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How do i change the positive battery cable and how do i get them?! oh one thing where do i connect the end of the negative battery cable to?!because i have it connected to engine and i read that it spouse...

Would like to know what size of motor and what kind of car but the answer would still be the same.

First, you can get the battery cables from any parts store.

Second, the black/ground wire goes from the battery post (the - negative side) and the other end screws/bolts to the frame of your car or the grounding point like on a Dodge Stratus.

Third, the red/positive wire connects to the battery post (the + positive side) and the other end goes down to your STARTER not the alternator.

The alternator has a wire that attaches to it that is separate that receives power.

Hope this helps!

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Where to ground the negative battery cable

Usually this goes straight to the Engine Block. Simply trace out the Negative wire from the battery and see where it ends up? Actually the Negative can contact ANYWHERE on the Chassis of the car.. as long as it makes contact with that it will be OK, but usually as stated it's attached to the Block of the engine. Negative is the BLACK wire the RED is Positive.

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I need a diagram to find my aluternator in my 1998 dodge strstus please.

2.0L DOHC Engine
See Figure 4
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Disconnect the starter motor electrical connections.
  3. Remove the starter motor mounting bolts and remove the starter.

cb88b61.jpg Fig. Fig. 4: Exploded view of the starter motor mounting-2.0L engine
To install:
  1. Clean both surfaces of the starter motor flange and the rear plate. This is important since the starter grounds through its case and the transaxle flange to which it attached. Some remanufactured starters may have paint on these areas which should be cleaned off before installation. Install the starter motor onto the transaxle and secure with the retaining bolts. Tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  2. Attach the electrical harness connectors to the starter.
  3. Connect the negative battery cable and check the starter for proper operation.

2.0L SOHC Engine With Manual Transaxle
See Figures 4 and 5
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the left strut tower. The ground cable is equipped with a insulator grommet which should be placed on the stud to prevent the negative battery cable from accidentally grounding.
  2. Remove the air cleaner resonator.
  3. Remove the positive battery cable retaining nut from the starter.
  4. Disconnect the positive battery cable and alternator output wire from the starter.
  5. Disconnect the push-on solenoid connector from the starter.
  6. Remove the 2 bolts that attach the starter to the transaxle.
  7. Remove the starter from the vehicle.


Fig. Fig. 5: Starter motor wiring terminal connections-2.0L engine To install:
  1. Install the starter and the attaching bolts to the transaxle assembly.
  2. Tighten the attaching bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).

Clean all dirt and/or corrosion from the wire terminals before reconnecting the wiring to the solenoid.
  1. Reconnect the push-on solenoid connector to the starter.
  2. Reconnect the alternator output wire and positive battery cable to the starter and tighten the retaining nut to 90 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  3. Install the air cleaner resonator.
  4. Reconnect the negative battery cable.

2.0L SOHC Engine With Automatic Transaxle; 2.4L Engine
See Figures 4, 5 and 6
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the left strut tower. The ground cable is equipped with a insulator grommet which should be placed on the stud to prevent the negative battery cable from accidentally grounding.
  2. Remove the air cleaner resonator.
  3. Remove the 3 bolts attaching the Transmission Control Module (TCM). Do not disconnect the TCM wiring. Move the TCM to gain access to the upper starter mounting bolt.
  4. Remove the upper starter mounting bolt.
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6. Remove the positive battery cable nut and disconnect the cable from the starter.
  7. Disconnect the push-on solenoid connector.
  8. Remove the lower mounting bolt that attaches the starter to the transaxle.
  9. Remove the starter from the vehicle.


Fig. Fig. 6: Starter motor wiring terminal connections-2.0L SOHC engine with A/T; 2.4L engine To install:
  1. Install the starter onto the transaxle and the lower mounting bolt.
  2. Tighten the mounting bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
Before reconnecting the wiring to the starter solenoid, be sure to clean the wiring of any dirt or corrosion.
  1. Reconnect the positive battery cable to the solenoid post and tighten the retaining nut to 90 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  2. Reconnect the push-on solenoid connector.
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4. Reinstall the upper attaching bolt and torque to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  5. Reinstall the TCM to its original location and install the mounting screws.
  6. Reinstall the air cleaner resonator.
  7. Reconnect the negative battery cable

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It sounds like whoever changed the battery left off the ground wire to the chassis... (heavy black wire) .... or replaced the negative battery cable with a "generic" battery cable that does not have the extra "pigtail" negative cable.

If you look at the battery, check the negative side to see if the thinner cable is not connected.

Other than the obvious fix (take it back and make them do it right) ... a good permanent fix is to have them install a "grounding strap" from the engine to the chassis.

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