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My van was running, then stopped. When I tryed to start it it wouldn't and the positive cable on battery was red hot and Acted like battery was dead.

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Hi Jim ,
You Have A Dead Short ,Should Be Easy To Find ,I Would Say That Cable That Was Red Hot Is Damaged And Touching The Body Of The Car Or An Engine Part on Its Way To The Starter Motor Where It Is Connected To. Look For That!
Charge Battery And When You Re Connect There Should Not Be A Significant Spark As You Connect The Battery Unless There Is Still A Short Somewhere.

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SOURCE: positive battery cable

You must make sure the connection is clean and tight. Chip away any corrosion, which can sometimes be hard and crusty. Make sure the cable is not frayed or a significant amount of individual strands of copper broken at the terminal connector.

Make sure your alternator is working and you are not running your car on the battery. Measure the voltage while the car is running, it should be around 14 volts.

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SOURCE: Silhouette will not start, but battery put out 12+ volts

You better have the alterntor checked, you said the battery was putting out 12v. was that with the car running or off? If it was running, it should have pushing between 14 and 15 volts, if it wasn't with it running, replace alternator.

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SOURCE: changed positive cable terminal, now battery dead, fuse box ticks

hazard lights left on ? check to see waht relay it is that is clicking anr read to see what it is for? hope this helps

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SOURCE: car wont start, acts like

Check the battery +12v power connection to the starter is in good order,
Check the ground connection between the battery negative and the engine/starter motor is robust and intact.
If no problem with above, replace the starter motor.

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SOURCE: 2005 Town & Country Van dead battery after short trips

Possible dead cell in battery, most likely a fault in the charging system. First, Jump Vehicle to get started then remove the Negative cable. If the vehicle dies when you take the jumper cables away or when you disconnect the negative cable your alternator or charging system is faulty. If the vehicle runs without battery connected you have a bad cell in your battery, replace the battery.

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