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Old 10-04-2012, 10:41 PM
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I am absolutely certain the case isn't supposed to be hot. It's either connected backwards or it has no ground and you are getting arcing to ground when you bump it against a chassis part. If it were connected backwards it would run backwards, and would blow a fuse when you grounded the motor case. Since it hasn't blown a fuse, it tells me your - (minus) side of the motor isn't connected to a ground.
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