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Old 01-24-2014, 01:32 PM   #1
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Battery cable mess 98 gt

The previous owner mustve had a serious sound system in my car cuz he had cables goin all over the place. Can someone post of pic of the charging system wiring or something that will help me determine what goes where and what stays and what goes? I have a chilton but sometimes its like reading a bible, i read the words but dont understand the message... Lol
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:37 PM   #2
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Lol wow
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:50 PM   #3
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Yea...... Can i get a lil help please? I want to replace all this garbage with new cables. Where does it all go??
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Old 02-06-2014, 03:14 PM   #4
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So if i were to start fresh and buy new battery cables; what goes to the positive side of the battery and what goes to the negative side? Usually its pretty straight forward but as you can see from the pics the previous owner hacked all the wiring. So im trying to start new. Like for instance... where is that red cable from my alternator supposed to be routed to? And why do i have these black cables going from my alternator brackets to the metal part that supports the radiator? Theres two of them . Any help is greatly appreciated
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Heres a better example of what im talking about. The first two pics are the cables that are bolted with my alternator brackets and then bolted to the radiator support. And can somebody tell me what the thing in pic #5 is and what its purpose
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:55 PM   #6
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Anyone?? I need help here
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:14 PM   #7
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Still in need of help.....
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:44 PM   #8
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Oh well at least i will reply, looks like you got a mess on your hands. Anyhow i don't see a real concern with the cables coming from the alternator case/bracket/frame, they appear to be ground wires. As long as they are connected to the frame/case and go to ground that's ok.

What is more of a concern for me is in the third picture it shows the red cable (usually the positive cable) it looks like there are a couple of split bolt connectors and a pretty bad tape job just like the cable in the first picture.

My approach would be to start with the positive cable take the tape off the splice and trace everything to an end , if it is from a stereo or something that's no longer there or used remove it.

After everything not used is removed you can now follow the path and replace the remaining cable that were damaged from splicing.

You may want to check in the stereo section they may know what that things is in picture 5


FYI i don't know what kind of skills you have but this shouldn't be too tough however don't take your car apart if you don't think you can put it back together, just saying.

Google or youtube mustang charging system and see what comes up
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I can get you some images tomorrow off mine. It's still fairly stock. The guy before me had a sound system, but had it installed or knew what he was doing for the most part.
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:26 PM   #10
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Ok the pictures maybe a little hard to tell but coming off of the alternator there's a black wire with a red stripe it goes to the power distribution box you then have one battery cable positive coming from the power distribution box to the battery and a second positive battery cable coming from the battery into a main wiring harness.
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In the second picture the black/red wire is the very bottom left wire closest to the anti lock diagnostic port (red cap on left). It splits into 2 white wires that are visible in the third image. I don't know why, I assume the previous owner did it when installing his sound system.
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Finally ..... Thank you . I appreciate the help. What does the negative side of the battery cable go to?
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It go's from the negative battery post to the body, take the old cable out to the car and try fitting it in based on it's length you may be able to find where it was originally connected. Good luck
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Thank you for the help
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if I get a chance tomorrow I'll try to chase the negative cable and image it for you. I'm going to be fairly slammed this week though, but I'll give it the ol' college try.
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Yeesh and I thought the HIDs in my car were bad lol. I have a 98 too but it looks like you have the pics you need. Mine is apart right now for a new PI intake anyway.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:20 PM   #17
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Yea if you could send pics of your set up... That would be cool
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