Why did my negative battery post melt and why will my car not get any power now?

Tiny
SWORNENEMY87
  • 1996 PONTIAC FIREBIRD
  • 150,100 MILES

My 96 firebird completely died when leaving work yesterday. I opened the hood and found the negative battery post melted (side post battery). Now there is no power to my car at all even with a jump box attached to the lead wires. I am at a loss as to what caused this can you help me diagnose this issue please?

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Saturday, July 7th, 2012 AT 7:14 PM

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Tiny
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I would look at the battery leaking acid, overcharging of the alt or a bad cable.

Regardless, replace the battery and the cable to start.

Roy

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Saturday, July 7th, 2012 AT 7:28 PM
Tiny
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Should I switch to a top post battery?

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Saturday, July 7th, 2012 AT 7:31 PM
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No, stay with the original

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Saturday, July 7th, 2012 AT 7:31 PM

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