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Battery box bolt heating to a red glow at frame

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06-02-2002 20:58:47

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I just purchased a new battery box for my WD45, looks nice, all the connections look good, even the ground looks solid. My problem is that a bolt that connects the batter box to the center of the frame heated up to a red glow today and did some serious glowing when I washed down the tractor today, to the point of even sparking....I am clueless, I'm guessing a grounding problem, or maybe I should use a different bolt....Help!

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Dave K

06-11-2002 13:09:11

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 Re: battery box bolt heating to a red glow at frame in reply to Andy, 06-02-2002 20:58:47  
This tractor should have a positive ground so it must be the negative terminal shorting to the battery box. Just my 2cents,


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Jay C (MO)

06-03-2002 06:04:29

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 Re: battery box bolt heating to a red glow at frame in reply to Andy, 06-02-2002 20:58:47  
Fellow I purchased by B from made his own battery box and to avoid shorts cut a 6" x 12" piece fo old inner tube and duct taped it over the terminals to avoid shorts. The battery also sits on a piece of inner tube the size of the battery.

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Greg Ballantyne

06-05-2002 18:39:09

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 Re: Re: battery box bolt heating to a red glow at frame in reply to Jay C (MO), 06-03-2002 06:04:29  
Different battery heights are to blame. I had to do this also, my battery box started burning after one terminal welded to it.

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06-02-2002 21:06:42

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 Re: battery box bolt heating to a red glow at frame in reply to Andy, 06-02-2002 20:58:47  
sounds like the hot battery cable is grounding out on the battery box some place. disconnect the battery now and find the short before the tractor burns up or the battery explodes

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06-02-2002 21:24:24

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 Re: Re: battery box bolt heating to a red glow at frame in reply to acd17toy, 06-02-2002 21:06:42  
wanted to say thanks, went over to look at the tractor, I think you were right, I had tightened the lid down on the box pretty securley, Im sure it was touching the Positive terminal, going to get a couple of washers to use as spacers tomorrow, thanks for the reply

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Brian G. NY

06-03-2002 05:08:59

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 Re: Re: Re: battery box bolt heating to a red glow at frame in reply to Andy, 06-02-2002 21:24:24  
Andy, The A-C tractors were equipped with a piece of 1/4" plywood which covered the whole top of the battery. As I recall there were round holes cut over each fill cap. Sounds like you may not have quite enuf room for this on yours, tho.

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Bryan Smith

06-03-2002 06:04:01

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: battery box bolt heating to a red glow at frame in reply to Brian G. NY, 06-03-2002 05:08:59  
Brian's right. A piece of 1/4" luan, or better yet, some of that 1/8" wood they use to reinforce some shipping boxes (we used to see it in water valves shipped from Japan) works nicely. A good piece of rubber floormat from a car or a piece of inner tube works too, but the wood won't wear through with vibration and time as easily.

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