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Fusable link yes it looks like its hooked up fine and clean, there doesnt seem to be a fuse on this wire though. should there be ?

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No, the link it's self is the fuse.
A visual test is ok, but it's best to run a circuit test on it.
I've seen them, where they look fine, but they have "popped" internally, or they have a bad connector.

A 12v circuit tester will run you a couple of bucks, but it is sooo helpful for checking for power.



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