Hi, 1988 wagoneer,360 ci, bolt sheared off on altenator,re and re the alt, now i have no dash,headlights and its not charging,,put onother alt in to see if that was issue ,still the same.. is there a fusible link in the headlight switch, or anywhere eles that may be the culprit? ... i do still have signals though
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Re: 1988 wagoneer electrical issue
I believe that your headlightsw are powered by a fusable link, likely connected near the alternator or battery, I't's possible that the wire may have dropped and did not get re-connected when you installed the alternator, or it was weak and failed while you were working.. I don't see why it would cause the aternator to not charge but either it also completes the battery circuit or there is a second wire.
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mcdevito75 here, Sounds like the regulator inside the alternator, re test altenator with the headlights off, then on, any lower reading from the altenator with the headlights on, could mean a bad regulator, in the altenator, all 1 unit altenator gets changed.
If you mean actually replacing the ignition switch on the vehicle with a locking column. You need to do this. Dicconnect the battery, remove the lower panel of the dash if there is any. There is a bolt on the steering column near the fire wall on most vehicles, remove this bolt, it will release the spline on the steering column. Disconnect all wiring going to the column, unbolt the column from the dash support. Remove the column from the truck, on the ignition switch you will see where the two shear bolts screw the assembly together, center punch the center of each bolt. Now drill the bolt with a 1/8" drill about 1/4" to 3/8" deep. Now use a 3/8" drill and drill out the shear head until it comes off the bolt. You can now remove the switch assembly from the column. The new assembly should come with new shear off bolts so when you bolt it in place when tightned they will break off rendering it tamperproof again. Most vehicles are designed like this now to stop theft. Check the column for operation before reinstalling it in the reverse of above. You just want to make sure the key locks and unlocks the column before reinstalling in the vehicle. You may want to do this before you totally tighten the bolts and break them off permanently. Good luck, RAC
you will have disconect the neg.-BAT TERMINAL then loosen alt. adjusting bolt,remove alt. belt( or remove serpentine belt if so exist) then remove the two existing bolt at the bottom of the alt.then remove altenator.ree-install in reverse direction.