MY FUSABLE LINK AT THE STARTER SHOWS IT IS GROUNDED UP STREAM, EVEN WITH THE STARTER DISCONNECTED?

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  • fred fuentes
  • 1978 Chevrolet Van
  • 95,000 miles

I can not get power on van. When I connect pos. Cable to battery, which has 12 volts, it rapidly drains down to 4 or 5 volts. I know the fusable link wires are shorted, but where? The Haynes book wiring diagrams are not clear where the wires go.

Sunday, April 15th, 2012 AT 1:32 AM

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  • cadieman
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The fuse link at starter is a 6 inch wires that hooks to the starter seloniod pull on the wires if 1 is blown it will fall apart.

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Sunday, April 15th, 2012 AT 2:02 AM
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I attatched a wire to the link to pull it thru the metal protective tube and I read thru the link with a multi-meter. The fusable link is fine. The ground is up stream from the starter. I need to know where the wires go.

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Sunday, April 15th, 2012 AT 2:26 AM
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Charge and load test the battery. Besure your cables are clean and tight. Start here. What is the voltage problem exacty. Battery goes dead overnite or just wont start?

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Monday, April 16th, 2012 AT 2:24 AM
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I forgot to tell you, I have the pos. Cable from the battery disconnected and also have the ign, switch disconnected. When I connect a multi-meter to the fusable link terminal I am reading to ground. I think I have corrosion somewhere. Where do the wires go from the fusable link go? I have a Haynes manual but the wiring diagram is not clear. Thanks, Fred

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Monday, April 16th, 2012 AT 2:56 PM
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  • cadieman
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Hook everthing up and diconnect the neg. Battery cable. Hook a test light or meter from the cable to the battery if their is a draw killing the battery. If ite more than 50 ma or the test light is bright u have a draw. Start here

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Monday, April 16th, 2012 AT 11:23 PM
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I did as you asked. I hooked up everything and disconnected the neg. Cable. I am not sure how to check the voltage draw on the battery. I checked the battery voltage for about ten minutes. It held ten volts all this time. I hooked up the neg. Cable and the battery voltage dropped to four volts at once. I will try to follow the orange and brown wires from the fusable link to see where they go.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 AT 3:43 AM
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  • cadieman
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Hook the meter leds hook 1 to the neg. Cable and 1 to the neg. Terminal on the battery. Put it on milli amp scale then come back with a reading.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 AT 4:32 PM
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Will do, but I do not think my problem can be solved until I find out why the fusable link terminal is showing ground with a muli-meter. Even with another car jumpered to the battery, I do not get any voltage to my van?

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Thursday, April 19th, 2012 AT 1:39 AM
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I did as requested. Put muli-meter between battery neg. Terminal and battery neg. Cable. I used MA 50 scale. When I first touched the leads I read 30, I kept the leads touching and after about two or three minutes, the reading was 200. In a earlier post, after I hooked up the pos. Cable to the battery, I went from 11 volts to about 3 volts in a minute or so. I have a short somewhere up stream of the fusable link. Thanks, for your help.

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012 AT 3:21 AM
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Thanks, CJ, I will try some of these tips, but I still can not get the van to accept any DC pwr. From the battery or a jumper cable?

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012 AT 3:30 PM

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