No start, spark at battery connection

Tiny
IR472
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  • 1995 CHEVROLET 1500
  • 5.0L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
New battery is arcing real bad at negative post. Previously the truck died while driving (no start no electrical).

Is this a bad alternator sign or a short?

I did find what I think are ground wires for the starter (they're running down along with the "hot" starter wire) touching the heat shield. I can not see how damaged they are but could that be it?
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Saturday, November 21st, 2020 AT 3:52 PM

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Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Good evening,

Yes, it could and most likely is the issue.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-alternator

I would replace both battery cables.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/everything-goes-dead-when-engine-is-cranked

Roy
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Saturday, November 21st, 2020 AT 4:07 PM

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