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Old 28 Jan 2016, 01:29 am
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Default Black ground wire ran with positive battery cable?

New here to the forum and would like a little help.2004 PT The battery goes dead when running lights and heater or AC. Battery and alternator test good. There is a wire that appears to be a ground wire that is run along side of the positive battery cable which is disconnected and I can't tell where it goes. can someone please take a picture of where that wire bolt down.
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Old 28 Jan 2016, 02:09 am
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Default Re: Black ground wire ran with positive battery cable?

I think it would be better if you take a picture of this black ground wire and post it. You should follow this wire and find out where it goes to on the other end.

Is your PT Cruiser a 1st or 2nd generation? This will make a difference as the electronics are different between the two generations.

When you started having this problem was there something else being done to the PT Cruiser at the same time?
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Old 29 Jan 2016, 10:39 am
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Default Re: Black ground wire ran with positive battery cable?

First check if it is coming from the battery and if so pos or neg. If pos will go to the the starter or the TIPM (fuse box). If neg should go to ground.

Take the car to autozone or alike and have them check the battery and alternator. The new computerized battery checker is better to check battery than the so called toaster.

If you are not sure what you are doing bring it in to a shop as the computers cannot take a joke if you hook something up wrong.

Good luck.
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