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If the fusable link at the starter is broken

If the fusable link at the starter is broken would I have no power going to starter but power at the switch? 1999 gmc safari

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  • carriechevre Sep 30, 2009

    not sure I just bought it. how would I find that out?

  • carriechevre Sep 30, 2009

    there are two wires that have no power. the wire to the start has no power and the wire with fusible link has no power. There is power in all wires at the switch though. and the starter is new we just got it today.

  • christopher conner May 11, 2010

    does this modle have the ignition key withe the chip in it?

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If just the starter fusible link is burned then you should have power to and from the switch, and also power before but not after the fusible link itself. if this is the case you may actually have a bad starter. fusible links burn out for a reason. of course, you'd have to replace the burned fusible link as well.

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