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Where do I attach the metal ground ******** the engine block

Where do I attach the metal strap wire on the rear of the engine block that connects to the transmission on a 1997 Dodge Ram Van 1500 5.2 litre engine?

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The ground strap you are refering to should be attached to the chassic. look and you will find a hile were a metal screw went into the chassic supporting the strap. hope this will help!!!

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