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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-25-2000, 08:07 PM
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Dist. Ground Wire???

Why does the ground wire from my dist. to the firewall keep burning up? Cant find a short. Maybe not right gauge wire???

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-25-2000, 08:21 PM
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Re: Dist. Ground Wire???

I would guess that the negitive lead (The large one from the battery post) to the engine may be bad/disconnected.
it should go to one of the starter mounting bolts. give it a good wiggle and see if it comes off in your hand..

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Re: Dist. Ground Wire???

That's weird, never heard that before. Ever had the coil wires off?? Maybe polarity reversed?? Something is wrong, it is a ground wire, and should not see enough current flow to burn up a wire. I will try to check the wiring diagrams this weekend and see what could be reversed to cause it. Might try checking the connections for corrosion, both on the fire wall and in the connector, or as Glenn suggested, your main ground loose or corroded.


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post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-25-2000, 09:22 PM
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Re: Dist. Ground Wire???

when working on mine one day i noticed i didnt have a good ground from the engine to the chassis i ran another wire from the valve cover to the firewall and it seemed to help my engine run better oh btw i used a #12 wire for this

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Re: Dist. Ground Wire???

The wire that goes from bat. neg. to the firewall probably has a very poor connection. All of your items in your zuk drawing power that are not grounded to the engine are most likely pulling through the dist. ground.

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Re: Dist. Ground Wire???

I think shawn & wildweasel have hit that nail on the head... My starter was acting up intermittently and I also found the Small Negative ground wire at the battery broken. Sounds like the entire load of the electrical system is drawing through the dist ground... Also wouldn't hurt to install a new ground from the engine to the firewall and battery as someone else had mentioned here in this post ..
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