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    1996 SL780 Stator Ground

    Alright, a week ago I replaced the stator in a new to me SL780 because the ground wire had completely disintegrated. I figured that happened because the PO was missing the battery cover and it shorted to the electrical box. Now with the stator and battery cover out of my parts 1996 SLX, it happened again. Anybody have any insight? It appears I was lucky this time, as just the insulation is gone at this point and I still have a ground through the stator.


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    Have you checked the negative battery cable ? Some bolted the cable to the engine plate,you will need to check for good connections at all those places.

    I suspect the ground is bad/weak, so the starter uses the stator wire for ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casey67 View Post
    Have you checked the negative battery cable ? Some bolted the cable to the engine plate,you will need to check for good connections at all those places.

    I suspect the ground is bad/weak, so the starter uses the stator wire for ground.


    ^^^^What he said +1

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    Awesome, I'll have to check the ground connection at the mounting cradle. Once I verify/correct the connection there, what is the best fix for the now uninsulated stator ground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beernutz View Post
    Awesome, I'll have to check the ground connection at the mounting cradle. Once I verify/correct the connection there ...
    Better to move the battery negative cable to the actual engine, away from the bed plate.

    One usable spot is the stud for the intake manifold on PTO cylinder. Clean metal to metal, with the stud nut tight. That should ensure the battery negative has a zero ohm connection to the engine itself.

    Soemtimes the big bolts that hold the engine bottom to the bed plate corrode and do not condict electricity well. If the engine is at all loose on the bed plate then that needs to be fixed.

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