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Old 07-11-2003, 08:55 PM
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Yet another small block problem...

I'm back, this time with a new problem. Last Sunday I pulled the truck in the garage after going through a huge rain storm (I dont have inner fender wells in the front). A wire came loose from my alternator and I barely made it home. That was my first problem, easy enough. Today, I went to start up the truck and nothing. Turn the key and nothing. I crawled under there and found that I melted through one of my starter wires. Second problem, easy enough. or so I thought. I fixed the wire and still get no responce when I turn the key. I took the starter out and checked it. It works fine when hooking it up to a 12 volt source so that isnt the problem. All my wires are good now with all good connections so that isnt the problem. What else should I check / look for to get my truck on the road again. This is so strange??? It worked fine then BAM nothing at all. Also, I have good power - battery is at full charge now and no fuses are blown at all???
Help me out here......I'm goin nuts trying to figure this one out. THANK YOU in advance!!!

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Old 07-11-2003, 09:00 PM
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Did you check the fusable links? these melt when a short occurs which sounds like what happened, on most GM`s there located right before the starter, if there blown, you`ll get no power to anything and you`ll need to replace them, if you don`t and another short occurs, fire time.
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Ok.....I checked them and they were kinda melted so I just cut them off and spliced new wire in there place......your saying that I need them?
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you don`t have to have them, but for your safety, I would suggest them strongly, if there is no fusable link, a fire can start if a short occurs, and you won`t be happy replacing everything under the hood or the whole vehicle, a friend of mine rewired his with no fusable links, a wire shorted and they went up in flames pretty fast doing several hundred dollars worth of damage.
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