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When you go to turnover the car the battery cables heat to the point they smoke when we turned the car over the positive cable clamp melted tried connecting the solinoid differently which almost started the car. when i was looking at the manual it does not show how the solinoid is connected what cable goes to what post

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In addition to what Bostruck said, the cables themselves could be corroded real bad on the inside, meaning you might want to replace them, they are not very expensive.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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Your red cable from the solenoid( the large one) goes to the positive +. Make sure your cables are tightned securely. A poor cable connection as well as a short in the starter windings can overheat the cables.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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WHAT IS THE TRICK TO REPLACING A BATTERY ON A 1992 LUMINA


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  • Loosen the battery negative terminal clamp.

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  • Use a terminal clamp puller to remove the negative cable.

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  • Loosen the battery positive terminal clamp.

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  • Use a terminal clamp puller to remove the positive clamp.

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  • Remove the battery hold-down hardware and any heat shields.

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  • Remove the battery from the tray.

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  • Install the new battery into the tray.
  • Also install the hold-down hardware.

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  • Install the positive battery cable.
  • Then install the negative cable.
  • When installing a battery, be careful to observe the correct polarity. Reversing the cables destroys the diodes. Proper polarity must also be observed when connecting a booster battery, positive to positive and negative to ground.

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  • Coat the terminals with corrosion preventative spray, then check the job by starting the car.

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