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I have a 1999 yamaha kodiak 400 atv. Ground wire coming of…

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I have a 1999 yamaha kodiak 400 atv. Ground wire coming of of battery ground that is spliced into wiring harness has melted (12" section) and noticed smoke coming from ignition switch when trying to start bike. What would have caused ground wire to melt

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I have changed out the ignition coil and new plug. also changed out CDI box

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ground wire will melt if a power wire come in contact with it. sounds like an ignition switch issue has caused this burning of the wires.

you will need to use a multimeter to ohm test the switch and see if contacts are staying opened/closed when they should be the opposite

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