Negative battery terminal


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Negative battery terminal

Postby Dave_in_desert » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:05 pm



The wires to my negative battery terminal was smoking and very hot. I immediately shut it down. What could cause this?



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Re: Negative battery terminal

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:12 pm

Resistance. See: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=19501#p104897

You have something impeding current on your negative wire. Remove the negative wire from the battery terminal and see if the connection is dirty or loose. Do the same at the other end where it contacts the frame. Check to see if the terminals themselves on the end of the wire are loose. If it feels OK, leave it disconnected, and use an ohmmeter (see viewtopic.php?f=16&t=19501#p107205 ) to measure the resistance of the wire, from one end to the other. It should be very, very close to zero if not zero. If it's not, you likely need to replace that wire.

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Re: Negative battery terminal

Postby Dave_in_desert » Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:19 pm

Thanks for the info. :)

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Re: Negative battery terminal

Postby thrasherg » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:24 pm

As wingadmin says, you might have a poor connection causing the lead to heat up, but my bigger concern is what is trying to draw so much current that it gets hot in the first place? Had you been running the electric starter for a bit before you noticed the wire getting hot? Sounds like you might have a short somewhere.. Definately check the connections on both ends of the negative wire to make sure they are clean (Not corroded) but It sounds like you might also need to check what was drawing so much current? Might just be the headlight? but could be something else so take care.

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Re: Negative battery terminal

Postby Dave_in_desert » Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:50 pm

I'm gonna remove the tank on Thursday to get a better look. All I know is that it's a large yellow wire coming from the negative terminal. I'll look for those possibilities you've all mentioned. Thanks for the info. :)

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Re: Negative battery terminal

Postby 80-GL100-INT » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:22 pm

Take and post pictures...seeing what you have always helps... :)


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