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Old 12-20-2014, 06:15 AM   #43
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I've seen many negative battery cables with red plastic insulation and the positive one with black insulation.
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I was told that my 1999 Dodge 2500 with 24-valve Cummins diesel has a positive ground system by the lead diesel mechanic at Southbank Dodge in Ottawa where I service my truck.
I live in the ottawa area and worked on cars for 34 years . I have never seen a positive ground 1999 dodge pickup , the best thing to do is go outside and follow the ground - negative wire ( black in color)And if it goes on the engine block or body its negative ground . Simple !

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Old 12-20-2014, 06:27 AM   #45
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works for me. It's been awhile since i have had a good lunch in tempe.

Claim jumper 1530 west baseline road tempe, az just east of i-17 and on the north side of baseline. claim jumper restaurants

negative ground your plastic pays
positive ground my plastic pays
just for clarity the vehicle in question has to have a stock starting system.

I will bring a mirror, a flash light and a camera. Results will be posted.

After the first of the year as the claim jumper is near the mall and that place is a mess for the holidays.

Or save yourself the lunch and follow the black cable off of either battery to the engine block.

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I own a 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 and a 2005 2500 both 5.9L Cummins.

Both are negative ground and factory stock dual 12V battery setups.
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I think someone is going to have a free lunch ������������
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This is the internet, and we can link directly to sites that actually provide information... I assume this is what you're looking at? It's dated 1968, and it appears to be for pumps in fire engines.
Yes that is what I am referring to, could be where the confusion us. Only in commercial vehicles etc, not passenger trucks. Don't know how to post links. Sorry, thanks for posting, Jim
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Wiring Diagram

Guys,

Forgot I have access to Mitchell but right now I don't have any more picture space to attach a file.

The Mitchell wiring diagram for a 1999 Dodge Ram 5.9L Cummins shows a NEGATIVE ground system.

I have a JPG snip of it, sorry about not being able to post it.

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This may help or harm. Take a large wire with bare hands press one end on the pos battery end and the other on a ground source like the engine or frame. If nothing happens post A is correct. If it welds you into the truck then the rest of us will be satisfied.
Just a little humor ,,,its like my dad told me about a small screw driver and an electrical outlet. about my son one" day he will only do it once"
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I live in the ottawa area and worked on cars for 34 years . I have never seen a positive ground 1999 dodge pickup , the best thing to do is go outside and follow the ground - negative wire ( black in color)And if it goes on the engine block or body its negative ground . Simple !

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Following a particular color wire won't do squat. First you need to identify which post is positive and which is negative and then see what cable of whatever color goes to ground. Since the OP (of this particular topic, not the entire thread) apparently has no interest in going beyond simply parroting what some unknown tech told him, I strongly believe the OP is trolling the whole bunch of us who are taking the bait, hook, line, and sinker and then swallowing it all without even chewing it a bit. I'll bet he is laughing his behind off.

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Yeah, what did you guys settle on for lunch anyway?
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Yeah, what did you guys settle on for lunch anyway?
I think everyone was hoping no one would exhume this thread.

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Awwwe come on Ken, I was hoping to get lunch next week.

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lThis is alright, the intake heater has positive going to it ,showing a Negative ground!!!!
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Action,

If you need the wiring diagram PDF let me know, I'll email it to you. Don't want the wrong guy to pay up!

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