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My 1983 chevy truck with a 350 engine was working fine until. I smelled something burning, I popped the hood and realized it was the alternator. I checked it and the nut on the back of it was loose, so I disconnected the battery and tightend the loose nut. After I did that I reconnected the battery and wires on the firewall near the driver side started smoking I quickly took the hot wire off, and tried again no problem. But now the truck wont crank at all the lights come on but nothing has far as even trying to turn over. when I try to turn the key its like it has no power because the voltage gauge on the dash does not move. What could it be.

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Hi, first of all, your alternator has burned up. Disconnect the alternator completely and tape up the hot terminal, then we can find out what else has burned up in the process. When you are finished with your chat, if techbuster has not solved this for you, please get back to me. I will look up the wiring diagram, and we can sort this out together.

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Look for the fusible links and look for a burned battery cable on the passenger's side under the hood. The alternator might have fried while trying to charge the system with a shorted hot lead. There's some cooked wires somewhere that will need to be replaced.

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It is very likely that you have blown a main fuse at the least. i would check all the fuses and make sure you don't have bare wires contacting any metal parts.

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Seperate wires on fire wall you will find some have burnt

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