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Bought a 1997 mercury sable today, guy said it needed a starter, charged dead battery and replaced starter. It fired right up, was driving it home it died, oil light, battery light, and check engine light came on. Checked oil and it is full. So checked the battery it was sitting at 12.25 volts, so I went and bought a new battery, hooked it up and it started right up but oil light, check engine light and battery light came back on and before I could shut it off it died. Went out to Check battery volts were at 12.36, wouldn't even crank over and when I checked the battery terminals the positive cable was so hot it burned my hand, checked negative cable and it was hot too. So I unhooked the battery and had it towed. Any ideals or help you can give would be very helpful.

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Try checking the altenator. If the starter and battery were gimpy, the altenator may have a blown regulator too!. It sounds like there is a short in the system causing this problem. Most likely the altenator or component in the charging loop. WF

Posted on Sep 15, 2010

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you could be draining the alternator and battery with the new stereo..depending on how you hooked it up you might try charging the battery back up.you were supposed to take off the pos cable not the negative

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