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Old 10-09-2003, 07:50 AM
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total power loss1979 camaro

I was driving down the road yesterday with my camaro when all of a sudden EVERYTHING just went dead. i was able to pull off to the side of the road and started crawling under the dash to see if a fuse had blown... nothing.. they all seemed fine. i know there is one "30 amp circuit breaker" that supposed to blow if it gets to hot but resets it self when it's cold. could that be faulty? any other ideas? my alternator is almost brand new and the battery still had a charge. stuipd car heh *or stupid me?*

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Old 10-09-2003, 08:40 AM
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The fusible link is a likely suspect. It's a length of wire with red insulation, slightly smaller in diameter than the wire it's connected to. It acts like a high-capacity fuse. Probably find it in the alternator or ignition system wiring under the hood.

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I could be wrong, but I do not think the Camaro uses fusible links. I would suspect a bad connection at either the battery cables, or a faulty connection to the frame and body. Another area to look at is the body connection where the main harness passes through the firewall to the fuse panel.

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I would check at the alternator for a bad or loose connection, as I think there is only that one wire that feeds the fuse box.
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well i spent all morning on the bugger. turned out to be the fusable link between the alternator and the fuse box... didn't even know that was there. thought there was only on from the alternator to the starter. oh well. problem solved for now... i wonder what caused it to burn...
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You will probably find out what caused it to blow if you replaced it with a larger diameter wire. Fusible links melt for a reason. You should check for badly corroded connectors going into the firewall and check the alternator connections too, a little corrosion creates a allot of resistance and resistance creates heat which will eventually melt what the fusible link was designed to protect. Good luck with it. BTW the 30 amp circuit breaker is usually mounted on the firewall near the distributor or brake booster depending on the year. My 78 has one but I have yet to find the one on my 79, might be located on the fuse panel for that year or somewhere else under the dash or maybe it was replaced by a fusible link. Good Luck!
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