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Just retired and got time to work of old tracker of mine. Two problems, front spark plug blew out once. Notice it was wrapped in alumn fold. Suspect this mean new head? Secondly, battery drains down suspect short in system. Son says its one of the small wires going to battery. Should I just track down those wires and make sure they are all tight to their junctions?

Steve in Hoschton GA
 

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An Automotive Machine Shop can install a thread insert, but if a used replacement head is readily available at an affordable price, that may be the best option.

On your wire / amp draw...yes start with repairing the obvious connection or wire condition issues. Go from there if needed to further source your apparent battery drain.

Congrats on retirement! :)
 

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One of the easiest ways to track down a battery drain is with a test light. Make sure everything is turned off. Disconnect the negative terminal and put the light across from the battery terminal to the disconnected cable. This puts the light in series with the battery and it will light (or just glow a little) if there is current flowing from the battery. Go around and disconnect stuff until "the glow" goes away. Then you'll know were to look. This will not find really small current leaks, but is a good "rough and ready" troubleshooting method.

Do not try and start it, or run the motor, with the jump light installed as above... it WILL blow the test light.

Note that your '89 is a bit different than most of the later ('91 and on) models.
 

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To check for a phantom drain, the easiest way to do it is with a 12 VDC test light. With the car off, disconnect the negative cable to the battery, and put one lead from your test lamp to the negative terminal of the battery, and one lead to the negative cable from the battery that you have just removed. Now have someone in the car, remove the fuses at the fuse box under the dash, one at a time. When a fuse is removed, if the test light dims, then you have found the circuit where there is a drain on the battery. It's easiest to pull each of the fuses, one by one, doing this test, which will then direct you to the particular circuit (whatever is being fed by that fuse).
 

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Along those lines, do keep in mind that some components create a parasitic draw (by design), such as the ECU, radio pre-sets and any alarm, sound amp or Immobilizer like items that you may have installed.

LOAD test the battery too (free at the Auto Parts Store), to ensure that the problem doesn't begin (and maybe end) there! ;)
 
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