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It just shuts down

I recently had my battery changed. Since that time every time I turn the vehicle off there is a short and I have to slide the gear shift (it's automatic) up and down before the battery picks back up. It shuts everything down.. clock, starter, etc.. When everything does go off there is a whirring sound. Where could the short be? It only happens when I turn the vehicle off.

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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.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Sep 10, 2009


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