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STOMPER is dead.......

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Greg72, Mar 12, 2005.

  1. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    STOMPER is dead.......*UPDATE 3/14*

    Started the truck last night to go out. Let it run for a few minutes to warm up....put on the wipers to clear the ice and snow from the windshield.....then put on the headlights. Pulled the gear selector into Drive and went forward about 3 feet......then

    ...DEAD!

    The engine died...ALL the electrical died...no cranking, no lights, nothing.



    Nothing obvious with the fuseblock (though it has to be a problem elsewhere since EVERYTHING blew) the battery cables looked OK, but I was not dressed for messing around under the hood. I'm thinking some sort of fuseable link, but it's been a long time since I even looked at where those were......

    This is the first time my truck has "let me down" completely. I feel betrayed... :(



    UPDATE:

    Well for those of you who guessed it was the "fusable link" you each get a gold star for knowing the correct answer!!

    I took a quick look today at the fusable link that is somewhat near the battery side in the factory loom. Sure enough, there was a ton of corrosion right at the junction where the wire enters the molded part of the fuseable link. I gave it a slight tug and it came apart in two pieces! :blush:

    .....yet another reason to run with inner fender wells, I suppose....my tires have been hurling snow, ice, salt and slush on that connector all winter. I stripped the wire back and "goobered" it together just to test it and sure enough the wipers started working again, and I was able to start the engine just like normal! :thumb:

    I did a quick "Google" and found fuseable links (14GA even!) at PartsExpress....so I guess I'll order one up and do the repair the "right way".....

    A special thanks to all of you who offered to take Stomper off my hands, or to take at least be involved in the feeding frenzy if I parted it out.....It's nice to know I have SO many friends.... :rolleyes: :D
     
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    You should let me discipline it for a while. I'll teach it not to be bad anymore ;)
     
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    I think.........bad ground/hot cable connection or like ya said fusible link.
     
  4. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I was thinking about throwing some dumbbells at it..... :laugh:
     
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    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    How about a jump start. Jump on the hood till it starts!!!
     
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    Guess it's done with winter. :(

    You've got either a short or a break.

    I guess even blazers have sick days. ;)
     
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    fusable link that comes off the battery. The positive battery cable has that one pigtail and it might be crimped to that, otherwise off the junction block on the fender.. it goes from there through the fusable link to the firewall connector then to the fusebox and a fuse could be blown. trace voltage down the line.

    My buddys camaro did the same thing you're describing, i tracked it down in about an hour with a voltmeter and saved the day. :crazy:
     
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    does this mean it's time to part it out?:grin: :waytogo:
     
  9. Greg72

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    So do I go buy a "fusable link" or is the moment where I now replace that molded part with some sort of more modern waterproof fuse and holder (car stereo type deal)???

    Any idea what the amperage rating is on the fusable link? I'm going to go locate a schematic in a couple minutes here and see if it's documented on the factory drawings....

    Tomorrow is supposed to be 37 degrees, so if I can shovel the 12" of snow away from the truck, I'll at least have some warm weather to start tracing the break... ;)
     
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    Greg.If the fusable link has blown there will be some signs.Might have some traces of smoke on the fender or hood,obvious burnt look to the link itself or if none of those are present see if the link is kinda rubbery and will streach.If it does streach the wire inside has blown.

    I believe the rating on the factoy fusable link is 14g.

    If the power dist. terminal looks o.k.(not melted ot burnt looking) I wouldn't replace it.

    You can always jump that fusable link temp. with a 10g wire just to see if that's your problem or not.

    If the link has blown,you then have to figure out WHY?
     
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    Its been too long since i've owned a 1st Gen truck but on the 2nd Gen trucks the fusible link wire comes off the positive starter lug of the starter solenoid and goes to the ignition switch. If the fusible link wire melts you will have NO electrical anywhere. :thumb:
     
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    Hey Dude...

    Sorry I lost you the other night....not much cell phone coverage in the Boston subway system apparently....!!!!

    I'm sick of all these problems. I'm getting a F*rd! :D
     
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    Forget about a Ford, just move back the the left coast where there aren't subways to interfere with cell service and the weather isn't cold enough to give you truck problems and you can actually work on them year round. [​IMG]
     
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    .....maybe if you west coast guys would stop flipping me off, I'd consider it.


    Buncha meanies. :(
     
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    I will come get stomper out of your hair and make room for your ford. If you want. Free of charge.:D :p:




     
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    You must resist the dark side!
    Could it maybe be the neutral safety switch?
     
  17. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    See update at top.... :cool1:
     
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    Freinds...I wouldn't go that far:screwy::wink1:

    Glad it was a easy fix.
    They don't have 14g fusable links on the shelf there?
     
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    Didn't even think that someone local might have them.... I guess it's worth asking, I figured it was too obscure of an item. :confused:
     
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    Na, you should be able to pick up a generic fusable link at any "good" parts store.
     

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