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I was working on tail lights on 2004 dodge 1500 I ran a wire from hot side of park lamp fuse (inside cab fuse panel) to tail light connector.The alligator clip of my wire laid against the chrome step bar the wire burned (small gauge wire maybe 16 awg) in half, not the insulation but the wire inside. Now the truck wont start, engine cranks good I have fire at spark plugs. I also checked fuses and relays under the hood fuse panel and inside cab fuse panel.

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  • starla269 Oct 13, 2010

    No the battery was connected that how the external wire was burned. I do not have security or electric door locks. Actually the burned wire was a test lead probally smaller than 16 awg.

  • starla269 Oct 13, 2010

    The battery was connected the external wire was fried by current not heat. I do not have anti-theft or keyless entry or powerlocks please advise


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Do you have fuel? You might want to check the fuel pump fuse and see if it took a hit!

You could also spray a little starting fluid into the intake while cranking and see if it sputters.

Good luck and be careful.

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I'm assumin tthat your battery was disconnected while you are work in there, its possible that the THEFT SYSTEM is armed. Check it and disarm as owners manual says.

Keep us updated.

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