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When I was ajusting my alternater belt my wrench touched, and welded itself to the power cable at the alternater. Now my truck will start and the headlights work but nothing else.No alternater,no instruments,horn,taillights,etc. I took the alternater to NAPA and it tested good. Thanks.

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  • Phil Newby
    Phil Newby Oct 10, 2013

    this is a 1995 nissan pickup

  • Phil Newby
    Phil Newby Oct 10, 2013

    problem solved. thanks

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Well the FSM states in all cars, pull the neg battery terminal first/
as does every car book every published.
good thing the battery didnt explode like most and give you an acid bath. hope other read this and learn. RTM, then fix cars.
not reading , makes or bad days.

you blew out that huge fuse in the engine bay.
they are called fuse links ,some plug in, other are short wires chucks that are not wires but really fuse wire.
the fsm covers this
as does alldata dot com, all day, every day.
and the warning is on every electrical page in the book,

you are a danger to your car and your self.
read a book then work on car. or bad happens.
can get worse too......
one guy blew out his $3000 ECU. (the rebuilt was $1000)
same jumper cables in wrong hands..

Posted on Oct 10, 2013

Testimonial: "I apoligize. I was adjusting my alternater belt.The next time I will disconnect the battery first.Is a bad fuse link obvious?"

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    no not obvious , some cars lack fuses or PO bypassd them, what counts is Reality, seen it all, some very bad. A voltmeter helps you see the loss point. and find hack jobs by other (remote starts, alarms) Saw a Bypass, and next guy (your wrech trick) he blew the wires clean off the back side of his main fusse box. as you see, working old cars FSM free, is hard, after all , it may be wired wrong.

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    _-__-___-_ Oct 10, 2013

    keep in mind, 500 amps is there. in call cars. some worse. electric cars. respect the amps and on electric cars , OMG volts.

  • Phil Newby
    Phil Newby Oct 10, 2013

    it was a fuse link . no visable indications at all.thanks for the help!

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Check all your fuses. Remember that the first step before any repairs are done is disconnect the negative battery cable.
What kind of vehicle is this???

Posted on Oct 10, 2013

Testimonial: "1995 Nissan Pick up 4 cylinder.I have checked the more obvious fuses and found them to be good.Phil"

  • Phil Newby
    Phil Newby Oct 10, 2013

    thanks for the help.It was a fuse link.

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Check for burn out fuse link to alternator battery feed wire to starter.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013

Testimonial: "A fuse link was the problem. Probably the one you suggested. thank you!"

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    we tied, great. also use a voltmeter to find the drop point. works on all elect. system.s

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