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I replaced an oil dipstick on a 1979 Ford F150. The tube accidentally touched one of the terminials on the alternator and shorted out. Smoke started coming from the stater solenoid. Replaced the solenoid but still not getting any power. What fuses may I have fried?

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Please check at the fuse box. Look for the Starter Fuse. Replace it with the same specification. Then test it. And also please try also checking the voltage of the battery installed in your car.

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  • keuvritl Jul 10, 2010

    Checked the fuses and replaced a blown one as well as the voltage regulator. Must have blown that as well because It started right up after replacement. Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated.

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