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1985 olds delta88 5.0 4bbl

Car stopped and nearly everything electrical not working. Battery has over 12 volts. Headlights work. Power windows and domelights dont work. No clicking. Headlights do not dim when trying to start.

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You have blown a fusible link at the starter, a wire that is hooked on the starter alnong with your positive lead from battery

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