A fusable link is exactly like the old fashioned household fuse. You make a fusabling link by cutting the wire and inserting a small length of wire 2 wire sizes smaller (I believe its two, don't quote me.) So if the wire is 12 gauge, put in a small length of 14 gauge. (A 14 gauge wire is small than 12 gauge) Make sure you use stranded insulated wire that is meant for cars and that you use the mechanical connectors with insulation built onto them (usually blue) that you attach to the wire by using a crimping tool. I think the length of the fuse should be about 1 inch to about 1.5 inches. Wrap it with plenty of black electrician's tape. If the fuse does burn out (which you want it to if there is too much current going through the wire) the black tape will protect the wire from shorting out to the body of the car, which cause you real problems.
My suggestion is to make sure that you have a good connection between your starter and your battery. Is the starter even functioning? If not, it is probably a bad starter, a bad battery, a bad fusible link for the starter, a blown fuse, or just a bad connection. My suggestion is to make sure that you have a good connection between your starter and your battery. Is the starter even functioning? If not, it is probably a bad starter, a bad battery, a bad fusible link for the starter, a blown fuse, or just a bad connection.
So, what you're saying is that your car isn't charging the battery since you changed the starter... is that right. If so, my guess is that you accidently left off or possibly even burned out the fusible link between the battery cable and the alternator. If this is the case, that's why it won't charge. So, make sure yoiu've still got a connection between the wire between your battery cable at the starter and the alternator. So, what you're saying is that your car isn't charging the battery since you changed the starter... is that right. If so, my guess is that you accidently left off or possibly even burned out the fusible link between the battery cable and the alternator. If this is the case, that's why it won't charge. So, make sure yoiu've still got a connection between the wire between your battery cable at the starter and the alternator.
There should be 12 volts or close to it at the alternator b+ terminal. Possibly a wiring problem,fried fusible link wire or a blown fuse depending on vehicle make and model. Check for blown fuses or check at the starter solenoid for fried fusible link wiring. Some makes ,the PCM computer regulates the voltage...possible PCM problem,again depending on vehicle make..... You didnt specify what kind of vehicle this is...Year,make,model,engine size.... Doc J
Alternator output fuse or fusible link under the hood, I can't believe the people that don't state make, model, year and engine size before posting a question.
A fusible link is the same as a fuse in that it is to protect an electrical circuit. It will not cause a car to stall. Check the throttle plate and be sure it is clean.
a defective starter switch
Check the thick negative wire going from the battery to the body and the engine block and make sure it is securely attached. The thick positive wire from the battery is a fusible link. Check there is 12v at the starter motor end. If no volts, change whole wire for a new fusible link from a motor factor.
A dead short to ground.
check your alternator or make sure the starter is on correctly
Answerdouble check you work , make sure everything was reconected in to their rightful place . try checking for power at the starter. try it with a remote starter if that works the problem may be with the switch or somewhere along that line. also try removing all the spark plugs and try to turn the engine over watch that nothing comes out thru the spark plug holes if anything comes out you may have a rare but possible hydro lock.("water lock") this happens when too much antifreeze falls in to the cilynders preventing the pistons from moving. THESTARTING SYSTEM CONSISTS OF THE 1) BATTERY, 2) STARTER MOTOR, 3) SOLENOID, 4) IGN. SWITCH, 5) CIRCUIT PROTECTION AND 6) THE WIRING. IN AUTOMATICS, THERE IS AN INHIBITER SWITCH LOCATED IN HE "PARK-NEUTRAL" SAFETY SWITCH OR "TR SENSOR" (TRANSMISSION RANGE) TO PREVENT STARTING IN GEAR.CHECK THE STARTER CONNECTIONS-MAKE SURE THE SOLENOID WIRE IS GOOD AND CONNECTED (TIGHTLY). CHECK UNDER THE HOOD IN THE FUSIBLE LINK BOX. THE #1 IS A 30A IGNITION SWITCH FUSIBLE LINK. DURING YOUR WORK ON THE STARTER, IF THE BATTEY WAS NOT DISCONNECTED, YOU MAY HAVE "GROUNDED OUT THE STARTER OR ACCIDENTLY TOUCHED THE BATTERY WIRE TO THE SWITCH LINK AND "BLOWN" THE FUSIBLE LINK.THE ENGINE NOT "TURNING" OVER MEANS THAT THERE IS A CURRENT "INTERRUPTION" TO THE STARTER MOTOR. REMEMBER HERE-WHEN YOU TURN THE IGN. KEY, A 12V SIGNAL IS SENT TO THE SOLENOID TO ENGAGE AND THEN THE STARTER MOTOR GETS A 12V POWER FROM THE BATTERY TO POWER THE STARTER.. IF YOU FOLLOW THE WIRING IN THE SYSTEM, YOU WILL SEE THAT THERE IS A WIRE OFF THE + SIDE OF THE BATTERY TO THE FUSIBLE LINK BOX THAT GOES TO THE 30A LINK. THE WIRE THAT LEADS FROM THE LINK GOES TO THE STARTER. IF THIS LINK IS BAD, THE STARTER IS DEAD WHEN THE KEY IS TURNED.
Any time a fuse link burns out one should suspect a LARGE short condition in the harness. Shut off all accessories and pull all fuses from the fuse panel. Take NOTES or replacement will be a pain. Disconnect battery if connected, Use a DVM and check the resistance of each accessory at the fuse side to ground. A low or zero ohm condition indicates trouble in that circuit. Also check from the alternator B+ to the alternator body. A low reading here would make one suspect the alternator has an internal short. Also check for a failed/shorted starter cable or starter.
the starter motor is at the back of the engine to make life easy allso remove the alternator trust me this helps
No, your battery supplies power to the starter. However if your alternator is defective then it will not supply power to the battery and the battery will soon be depleted.
you can buy a book at auto zone usually kept directly under the counter for every vehicle make and model that will tell you where to find everything on that vehicle and how to fix things on it step by step.
no if the car doesnt start check the battery and the alternator and the starter.
Make certain the cables from the battery to the starter and the body are good...may be a starter check out your local library for a shop manual and the checks to make.. d
AnswerIf its not the battery, or alternator. Check your ground wire, down by the starter, to make sure its not loose.
First, I'm not a mechanic, my information is accurate so far as I know but I could be wrong. I will assume you realize that these two devices (alternator & starter) are not dependent on each other. I do not think the alternator needs to be good for the starter to work. If your battery has sufficient charge, then a starter motor in working order will function even with a bad alternator. To see if the starter is working, I believe, at least on older cars, you can hard wire the battery directly to the starter motor to see if it will crank over the engine (make sure the car is not already running). To see if the alternator is working, with the car running, check the voltage. Then run the car for a while with electrical components on (Lights, Radio, Fan, etc.) Then turn the electrical components off and check the battery voltage again. If the voltage has not gone down, your alternator should be working well enough to keep your battery charged. If the voltage has gone down, it should start going up as the alternator charges the battery up to it's designated voltage. (usually about 12v for most cars).
If the starter is "clicking" then check the battery to make sure that is has enough juice to turn the starter. If the battery is good. It could be your starter solenoid is bad. Most of these are built into the starter nowadays. You will have to have the starter changed. I am betting on the battery especially if it is older. Another culprit could be your alternator failing to charge your battery.
Make sure your connnections are tight on your battery. Make sure the ground wire is secure. Also, make sure the positive connection is secure on the starter, & check all other connections to the starter, check for bad wires going to the starter. Also, check all of your fuses. Be sure to check ALL grounds. The battery's and the engine's. The engine has two, or more. The starter has it's own. The battery's, of course. Sometimes oil and grime get in between the ground wires and it's posts on both the battery, and engine. Also, check the straps that connect the engine to the chassis. Some positive cables will incorporate a fusible link coming from the battery.....check. These tips are if there is no power even to your lights. If it's just your ignition, then that's a little more complicated.
There are a few things that would make a Chevy van not start. The first things to check would be the battery, the alternator, and the starter.
I'm guessing it clicks but won't start? If that's the case its the starter drive going out to engage the flywheel but the starter motor is not turning. Probably needs a starter but you should check to make sure there is correct voltage in system (battery & alternator is o/k) and that the wiring is also o/k to the starter & at the battery.
The battery light isn't an indicator that the battery is always bad. What the light should really be is a picture of an alternator, but most people wouldn't recognize that. Have the alternator checked off the vehicle to make sure it is good, then have it checked on the vehicle, (many places like Auto Zone do this for free). If it's not charging on the vehicle, you could have an alternator fuse bad or your car might even have an inline fuse between the alternator and battery. Many Ford products have a large fusible link between the alternator and battery, and if it's bad, there is no power going to the battery from the alternator. Good Luck!!!!
The starter could very well be the problem. You should have a mechanic to check the wires leading to the starter first to make sure they are not loose. It could also be the alternator or battery having a charging isue as well. Have a mechanic check the charging system as well.