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I just went into my hood (driver's side) fuses to clean the relay and fuses for the blower/AC compressor which kicked out. That fixed the blower but the 7 or 8 inch long thin ground wire that is screwed into the driver's side/edge of the hood is just hanging unattached. Where does the other end belong?

Seems it should go some where. Or does it hang unattached on purpose? I think it is a ground for the fuse /relay container since you can see the end attached to the body when the fuse/relay cover is in palce.

Thanks to the Cadillac Brain Trust (Ranger et al) in advance
 

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Maybe earlier models had a hood ground - many other cars/makes do - for curing a constant low level radio interference as the hood hinges vibrate and create a hashy electrical noise. In that case the hood is grounded to a body point. Our 2 Taurii ('91, '92) had a toothed spring "finger" for a hood ground point - close the hood and the spring contacted a clean pad on the passenger side hinge base.

There should be no reason to ground the hood to the underhood fuse box - unless the cable was long enough to go to the box ground terminal.
 

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I do get bad AM reception and good FM reception so it may be what Submariner says. The wire starts a few inches from the fuse box so I assumed it was related to the fuses but I will look for a place to connect it to the body.

Maybe earlier models had a hood ground - many other cars/makes do - for curing a constant low level radio interference as the hood hinges vibrate and create a hashy electrical noise. In that case the hood is grounded to a body point. Our 2 Taurii ('91, '92) had a toothed spring "finger" for a hood ground point - close the hood and the spring contacted a clean pad on the passenger side hinge base.

There should be no reason to ground the hood to the underhood fuse box - unless the cable was long enough to go to the box ground terminal.
 

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I just can't understand why the hood would need to be grounded. :hmm:
 

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On some of these models the hood lamp operates only when the parking lights are on. The hood lamp harness has both a hot and ground wire, so that's not the answer.
 

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Thanks Submariner. That was my oversight. The hood lamp works fine with the parking lights on. Saved me a bunch of worry.

On some of these models the hood lamp operates only when the parking lights are on. The hood lamp harness has both a hot and ground wire, so that's not the answer.
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Hi Ranger. I guess I am misleadng when I say hood. It is the left fender on which the hood sits when closed. The big black fusebox cover has a hole formed in it so that you can see the end of this mystery wire where it is screwed into the fender.

I just can't understand why the hood would need to be grounded. :hmm:
 

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I should have posted photos initially. Here is the end of the wire screwed into the fender adjacent to hood right next to hood fuse box cover. Then the view with the fuse cover removed where you can see the other end of wire in space...
 

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This doesn't look like a factory connector - it looks like a crimped connection on the ring connector. I expect someone added this for some reason.
 

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This doesn't look like a factory connector - it looks like a crimped connection on the ring connector. I expect someone added this for some reason.
The yellow plastic cover is not a crimp at the body connex. I slid that up the wire to the bolt for the photo. It may have been added but for what possible reason when the wire is only 8 or 9 inches and does not reach outside the fuse relay box?reason?
 

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That is an addon by someone. No way that is factory. Either they had a relay in the box they added or remote start or alarm perhaps. Take it out it doesn't belong.
 

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Nope - not factory. GM or Cadillac would never use one of those cheap junk AutoZone crimp connectors - and the yellow sleeve DOES belong where you slid it.
 
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