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Why did both battery cables melt on my MTD mower?

Original problem was mower wouldn't start. Changed the solenoid...mower started but wouldn't shut down using key switch...shut down on it's own when I got off the seat but restarted as soon as I sat down again. Changed solenoid again and battery...started up and could hear clicking noise when seated...continued to run with seat safety switch disengaged as I tried to locate the clicking sound which could be heard anytime there was pressure on the seat. Both battery cables melted before sound could be located but mower continued to run...had to pull the fuse to stop it. Is it possible that the solenoid wires were reversed. Battery was wired correctly. Also noticed the terminal that the red wire was connected to on the solenoid was heat damaged.

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  • Both battery cables melted before sound could be located but mower continued to run...had to pull the fuse to stop it. Is it possible that the solenoid wires were reversed. Battery was wired correctly.
The solenoid doesn't care about polarity itself. As for the battery cables being it would have been a dead short to frame ground somewhere along the positive cable.

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You have a dead short between the battery terminals leads so the full power of the battery is running through both leads. Just from your description it wouldn't be the seat frame cutting a battery cable would it?

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