I have a 2005 Honda Element. Very recently my car seemed sluggish starting, soon battery light came on which surprised me because it is fairly new. Shortly after that the abs light came on and then every warning light. Got it home ok started it one more time, it ran for a few seconds then shut off, no click or anything when I turn the key. I suspected maybe it wasn’t charging due to a tensioner that has been squealing and chattering for a while. I disconnected the battery (neg first) and put the charger on it. When it was at 12.9 I hooked up the pos but when I hooked up the neg it arced a bit, which in my limited experience, was unusual. I let it stay hooked up for a few seconds but saw smoke rising from near the alternator so immediately unhooked it. And there it sits in the snow covered driveway.
I’m looking for next steps to take. I have only the most basic understanding of electrical but I do have a meter.
Thanks in advance,
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