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I have a 1997 chevy lumina 3.1 NEED HELP!!!

Just in a few days my lumina has been giving me a lot of problems. I have to buy a new alternator for the car because the old one locked up. I put the new one on... The battery was dead so I charged it up... I waited a few then when to try to jump it off. Something popped and smoke came out of the hood. Thats how we found out the strater was no good any longer. The brushes in the starter was about gone. I bought a used one. I put jumper cables on it and it worked. We put it in and try to crank it and it didnt work. The key wasnt turned over at all and the fan was on? We figured we blown fuses when we heard the pop. We check all the fuse boxes under the hood and all of them were good we checked the fuse box inside the car everything was good. The driver side has power but the passager side does not. Its not getting that power. The battery is charged so thats not it. None of the lights in or outside the car will work. When we turn the key nothing happens. We know the alternator and the starter work. What could possible be wrong with this car????????

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  • Jessica Spinks Feb 07, 2012

    I called autozone, they said the fusible links for a 1997 lumina didnt pull up on his computer?



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There are a couple of smaller wires attached to the starters larger terminal. Those are called fusible links. It is likely those are what you hear pop.

Make sure there is continuity through those wires. If there is not they will need to be replaced.

They can not be replaced with regular wire. They need to be replaced with fusible link to protect the circuits they feed. Fusible link is readily available at your local parts store and they will be able to get you the correct size.

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    Jeremy W. Feb 07, 2012

    Did you look for them at the starter?

    There are two they are a brownish red in color. They are not vehicle specific and the guy behind the counter is more than likley not qualified to install a wiper blade!

    this is what they look like (click on the link)



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