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Old 01-06-2010, 12:29 PM
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85 300D Battery Ground Strap

I was cleaning my connections today and I noticed that when I disconnected the negative ground strap that bolts onto the firewall, the strap shares the terminal with four red wires that connect onto a single post connector.

While the grounding strap was not sparking at the battery terminal, these four red wires were sparking on the grounding post as I loosened the nut (the key was not in the ignition).

Not sure if that would indicate a short ..... anyone know what those wires ground?
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:36 PM
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Bump!

Lotsa views but no opinions. That's rare for Peach Parts!

Shall I snap a photo? I'm pretty sure I'm looking at stock wiring.

Thanks
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:12 PM
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My '85 300D-T (W123, OM617) also has those wires, whcih dive into a fat cable going who knows where. They may be "faded brown" rather than "red" in color; the Germans use brown for ground religiously (or brown with a color stripe if you have a Doctor of Divinity degree ).

In the ETM, I can't find anything except the battery grounded to that point (G100) so I don't know what the wires are for. If they spark when touched to ground, they are likely for circuits that use power even when the key is off, e.g., interior lights (with door open), etc.

At any rate, you are right, they are supposed to be there.

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Old 01-07-2010, 01:17 AM
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I looked at mine today. looks like one wire connected to the bolt, and drops down under the battery into a large wire harness to who knows where. as far as the color I didn`t determine one. but didn`t notice one being red.

I know the clock runs all the time, don`t think it is enough to make a large spark.

try removing one fuse at a time to determine which circuit it is.
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