View Full Version : SR20det-Ground strap on back- SPARKING!

02-19-2008, 12:53 AM
So my car wasnt starting for some odd reason... but while looking in the engine bay during cranking I noticed a spark! On the back of the block, on the head theres a factory small braided stainless wire bolted on, and a connector at the other end. Its kinda by where all the coil packs ground. I had my friend hold it to ground while I cranked it...and it burnt him and started smoking. WTF! that much power from a ground/....
So is the head not grounded correctly? If i attach it to ground i am afraid it will start smoking again. My block is gorunded with 4gauge wire from the starter bolt right to frame..with a good ground. Should I reground the head??? anytone had this problem? Do I have a short?

02-19-2008, 01:00 AM
LMAO i cant help it but you burnt your buddy hahahahaha lol

ok yes you should ground the head but ground it properly and make if you ground the wiring shave a little paint off where you are grounding it so that its grounded right.

o yea check your grounding to your starter. sometimes its loose cause mine happens to be like that sometimes so i check it often enough. and reground it.

02-19-2008, 07:33 PM
add more grounds, and check all the grounds you already have

02-19-2008, 11:05 PM
bad connections make sparks, and make heat

fix yo grounds son!

also make sure the plastic alternator grommet isn't cracked/broken. it's the little piece of plastic that separates the charge stud from the alternator housing (which is grounded to your motor by all the bracketry etc.) jiggle your charge wire.

and i concur with add more grounds. from the battery to the chassis and chassis to motor.

Dave =]

02-20-2008, 01:02 AM
Yeah foreal.
Check your battery terminals too, and start ohming shit out. Grounds like that don't just spark up for no reason

02-20-2008, 01:11 AM
LOL. You burnt your buddy because

1. your other grounds are bad

2. There was prob. just as much current going through the ground as the power wire.