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Hi There,

In troubleshooting my brake issue that we've been talking about in the thread "ABS Activates under 100% Traction", I came across this frayed and broken grounding strap. (see attached...couldn't figure out how to insert the pic in the body of this thread..could use some insight to that as well ::grin:: )

It can be found directly under the air filter box; that is where it's grounded. There is about 12" of strap and then it's frayed. I've tried hunting for where it goes to, but I can't seem to find where it's supposed to go. It looks important :serious:

For reference, I have a 2002 Frontier 3.3V6 King Cab.
 

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My Frontiers are both 4-cylinders, so laid out different.

Yes, that ground wire should be connected. If one is actually grounded, could connect the broken end to it. Or just run a new ground wire, and it can be insulated wire, doesn't need to be a braided one.
 

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It goes to a small bolt that is on top of the exhaust manifold heat shield. It attaches to the bolt that attaches the heat shield to the exhaust manifold. You have two, one on each side, they are engine grounds.
 

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They corrode and break all the time. It's not as important as you think. They have them mounted in several places, like from the exhaust pipe to the chassis or engine to the chassis. I'm not saying they don't have a purpose, but you usually won't experience any problems if one should break. You can always use a large, solderless butt connector to repair the strap, if you want.
 

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It goes to a small bolt that is on top of the exhaust manifold heat shield. It attaches to the bolt that attaches the heat shield to the exhaust manifold. You have two, one on each side, they are engine grounds.
Thanks BigDad, I with your reply, I found the broken side just like you mentioned.

Turns out, AutoZone sells a 12" long braided grounding strap for $5.99 with eyelets on both ends ready to go. I bought that and it dropped right in...saved me some hassle.

Thank You Kindly! Problem resolved.
 

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Just out of curiosity, did you have a problem relating to this ground strap being broken?
Good question. My immediate hunch is that it didn't have any effect on my ABS issue from my other thread. Although my symptoms changed ever so slightly (being that the ABS code is immediately detected rather than the light coming on after 5 - 10min of driving), I really doubt it's at all related. If the grounding strap went directly to the ABS harness, I'd be inclined to think otherwise.
 
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