Will not start, battery smokes
Well I had an amazing day /sarcasm
So, here is the back ground. 1997 Taurus, 3.0 (not ztec) around 100,000 miles. This is my backup car as my main (2003 Focus zts) has some major issues and I'm driving the Taurus.
First, the car was making a slight roar at startup, went away once you drove. Car was also making noises (squeeks, pops, etc..) from the area of the serpentine belt, it was the original belt and cracking so I replaced. Lastly, the past couple of nights, the car did not want to start right away... a little hesitation, then it would start.
So today. I bought the new belt, put it on in the lot and the car started... had a little bit of smoke from where the old belt left some rubber, removed the problem, car would not start. It clicks , the starter turns slow and the engine never gets going.
So since I was at the parts store, I tested the battery. Bad, so I bought a new one. Here is a side note.. When we bought the new one, we realized that the previous owner put in the wrong size battery (450 CCAmps). Put the battery in... same thing, wont start... BUT this time we have smoke!!! Smoke from the cables. The positive cable running to the starter was very warm, I replace that cable as it was bad corroded and cheap thing to do. Still would not start and still smoke... ground now too.
So I took out the starter and had it tested, it passed. Reinstalled, still smoked (ground only and wire to block was warm) and still would not start.
So, I'm lost, puzzled and lucky to be off work tomorrow to fix my car. ANY help would be much appreciated as I'm between checks, with two broke down cars that wont start.