Mechanics

FUSEABLE LINKS

1989 Ford Festiva • 4 cylinder 2WD Automatic • 150,000 miles

I have been to 5 difrent auto parts stores and they all say that I need to know the gauge of the fuseable links that is what I need to find out as stated in my prievus question. The collors are broun and red =they do not have a conversion chart
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John Fella
August 21, 2011.




Not sure why they're having such a problem. I always purchased them by color. You'll even notice your fuse box lists colors, not gauge or current ratings.

Here's the colors I found in a '96 Ford manual: White = 22 gauge
Blue = 20 gauge
Red or Brown = 18 gauge
Black or Orange = 16 gauge
Green = 14 gauge
Gray = 12 gauge

No gauge sizes are listed in Chrysler manuals. They go strictly by color. If the parts guys can't find the right color by looking at their selection, or if they're all the same color, visit a Chrysler parts department or your Ford dealer. You'll get about a 12" piece; enough to make four or five links.


Caradiodoc
Aug 21, 2011.
What can I say --i went ti the ford parts department 2 pieces of # 16 gauge wire priced out at 29.99 each.
Also by looking at your list -brown and red are the same gauge' By looking at the two wires and the fusible link block in my festiva the brown and red wires are a noticeable size difference so I do not believe they are the same gauge I am guessing that the two sizes are 14 gauge for brown and 16 gauge for red. And Ford had no clue as to the diffrent gauge.


Tiny
John Fella
Aug 21, 2011.
You've got to be kidding. At $29.99, they are awfully proud of their parts. Head to a salvage yard for some used ones. Also, you can cut the old links open and solder the ends back together. The wire is nothing special. It is simply a lighter gauge than the rest of the circuit so it's the weak link in the chain. The insulation is what's special. It will not burn or melt. They act as a slow-blow fuse which is common in some circuits, especially motor circuits where high start-up current is normal. Regular fuses installed in their place will protect the circuit but will often blow too easily.


Caradiodoc
Aug 21, 2011.
I GOT THESE AT ADVANCE AUTO PARTS

"3" AND "4" IN MY PIC.....ONE IS LABELED, THE THE OTHER IS NOT

I TRIED TO WIRE MY '46 WILLYS, SIMILAR TO MY '77 CJ 5

THESE WERE NOT VERY EXPENSIVE......THEY WERE FOUND IN EITHER THE ELECTRICAL OR THE "HELP!" SECTION OF THE STORE

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PartSearchCmd?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&pageId=partTypeList&suggestion=&actionSrc=Form&searchTerm=fusible+links

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
Aug 22, 2011.
I believe that the whole country has gone nuts--when the ford parts man told me it was going to cost over $100. To get the links because they come in a package of 2==thats 2 of the 18gauge and 2 of the 16 gauge I almost had a coronary--- but after buying other ford parts I was not surprised they think all there replacement parts are made of gold.
Any way thank you -we both learned something- my festiva runs better then my newer ranger and it gets 40 mpg and has 270,000+ miles -wish I could buy an new one, oh yes it cost me a little over $6,000 dollars!Those were the good ole days!


Tiny
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Aug 22, 2011.
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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
Aug 22, 2011.

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