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Question Positive Battery Cable

I've got that; turn the ignition, fast click then die - problem... tried cleaning the post and terminals, but the problem remains. Then installed new battery, but the problem remains. I am going to replace both negative and positive cables.

I can't find the positive cable at the store and the dealer claims it is part of a $900.00 engine wire harness... what is the part number for the positive battery cable or is there an alternative that I can grab from the local parts store that will work for my 99?

The pos cable I have now has several cables at the connector and seems pretty unique. The neg cable is a simple cable that I can get from autozone.

Please help... I've got work in a few and class this evening - my trep wont start for me.

click click click... dead -- Help!!!
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and no lights or anything come on?
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If you still have power to everything, lights, radio, etc, then your starter may have decided to quit on you. If all the cables look clean, ie no green corrosion, all tight, no cracks, etc, then the starter would be the next thing to check.
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Just buy a generic 4 gauge 24" battery cable. Battery terminal clamp on one end, ring terminal on the other.
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sounds like the starter.....i second it..
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just replaced the cables, for some reason I thought I needed to get a special cable with dual ends. I just cut the tips and added clips to the ends. Then mounted them on new post connectors.

But, this didn't resolve my problem. Once the new cables and battery were connected I tried to fire it up. The clicking noise is gone but now it sounds like it is slowly trying to turn over. My friend was looking from the front and says the motor moved pretty quickly, but sounded like it was dragging from the driver seat.

After a few attempts, it drained the battery down to the click and die problem. Would the engine turn if it was the starter?

This is very strange... I did not mention that before all this started, the car died while driving down the street. When I tried to start it is when I noticed the click and die problem.
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forgot to mention, I changed the cam sensor 6 months back. but of course, this is not the same problem.
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o yea forgot to add. if you had problems with bad battery cables... did you charge the battery before you tried starting it?
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its ur starter, I had just did a starter on a 98 caravan with this problem, the solinoid was shoot, was soooo loose, and corroded all over, sverly worn down, so one it was replaced, we were super good to go!< ;)
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yeah I did a fresh install on the cables before I put in the bat...

now it seems to try to turn, but it fails (bout half a turn) as if the bat is dead or its not getting enough juice.

I hear you on replacing the starter but my cash is low and I'd have to do it myself. Found one of $40 at u-pull-it, although I haven't bought it yet. I cant find any tuturials on installing a starter. any guidance is appreciated.
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It is underneath, on the drivers' side. There are 3 15mm bolts holding it in that face to the rear of the car. Disconnect the negative battery cable, remove the 3 starter bolts, tilt the starter down, remove the 13mm nut on the positive cable, and un-clip the trigger wire, and pull the starter out. There will probably be some maneuvering involved in getting it past the motor mount and out below the frame. On 3.2/3.5 you have to remove the drivers side motor mount, but on 2.7 I am pretty sure you dont.

Installation is reverse. Make sure you connect your main negative cable back up to the one starter bolt.


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I am no mechanic, but if the car died on you, it seems odd that the starter would have caused it to stall. If the car never stalled out on you before that, then I would believe the starter.
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thanx 32...

I know, the starter doesnt make sense, but the majority of guys here have stated that this was their problem in the past

A similar post by afx kinda explains my problem, but he didn't post his remedy. You have to turn up your volume to hear it.

http://theplunger.net/SSPX0058.3g2

yeah, this is the same problem. I hope we can fix this tonight...

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