1998 Ford Mustang ALT 20 amp fuse blows intermittently

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD MUSTANG
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 103,000 MILES
New belt, Autocraft alternator, and battery. The 20 amp alternator fuse will blow after a hot run with a/c on. Charges fine when cold or without heavy load. When a/c, fans, hd light on the amp gauge begins to read lower until fuse blows. After a few month of summer it won't hold a fuse, but a new regulator puts things back to normal. This second summer I wen through same senario again. Wiring looks good, batt is 12.6 with car off and about 14 on.
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Sunday, September 19th, 2010 AT 4:43 PM

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Tiny
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Hi
Think problem is in battery to engine ground left front engine. OHM from ALT body to batt NEG should read 0 Ohms. If connection or cable poor as engine heat and load increases so does AMP draw from increased resistence in ground circuit so fuse melts.
Let me know
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Monday, September 20th, 2010 AT 1:24 PM
Tiny
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Docfixit, please check my OHM readings and let me know if it confirms your thoughts. Engine warm, but not hot. Engine off: case to battery negative terminal.5 to.75 OHMs with the meter set at 200. Engine running: Ohms at 9.0 to 10.0 with meter at 200.
Thanks in advance for your reply.

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 AT 11:22 PM
Tiny
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Not good replace cable go with a little larger diameter. Clean block contact area well and batt term.
Let me know what out come is.
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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 AT 12:17 PM
Tiny
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Docfixit, OK I know this may be becoming a bit tedius, but The Ford replacement cables are $229 and I haven't found any aftermarket direct fit cables. This setup isn't just a simple cable, it has other grounds and power feeds coming off of it so before I went further I wanted to double check my readings. First of all the first readings were from a digimeter that only goes down to 200 on the scale. I double checked it with a old style volt/ohm meter. After checking for 0 at the meter I found 0 with the engine off and.5 on and 1.0 with a/c, blower fan on medium, and engine cooling fan on. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the 200 scale on the digimeter is misleading. The 10 I had with engine only running on the digi when divided by 200 equals the.5 with the old style meter.

If this all is correct, where do we go from here?

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Friday, September 24th, 2010 AT 1:08 PM
Tiny
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Let's try a simple experment attach jumper cable to NEG then to clean block connection. ALT good spot. Drive around see if fuse stays
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Saturday, September 25th, 2010 AT 12:50 PM
Tiny
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Docfixit, sorry been busy at work. So jumper cable to clean connection at the block and then from there to alt body? How large does the "cable" need to be? Like a batt cable or test lead wire?

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 AT 10:23 PM
Tiny
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Battery cable size like a set of jumper cables
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Thursday, September 30th, 2010 AT 2:35 PM
Tiny
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Replaced neg and pos cables also ground strap from block to chassis and cleaned all connections Ohm reading the same have not given it a good hot run yet Nothing was real dirty but thought i'd replace it as car is at 100k The whole package was very tightly bundled and a real pain in the butt to r&r
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Monday, October 11th, 2010 AT 9:56 PM
Tiny
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Yea think they need to make Enginers have to repair the stuff they design be alot easier I bet.
Hope that is the fix keep me posted
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Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 AT 11:28 AM
Tiny
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Well, it was hot here in Tucson today so I got to see how it did completely warm with the a/c and blower on mid. It blew the alt field fuse again!
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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 AT 6:34 PM

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