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i was moving my 40 to my parents so i can finially get to the frame rust and while driving down the road i heard a loud bang thought it was a backfire but motor died and i had no power.

i thought it was just a loose battery cable so i jiggled it and sparks started shooting everywhere and i heard crackling i thought i left the key on so went to turn it off and a fire started in the dash. got the fire out and the cruiser to my parents (only 5-6 doors down) pulled the bad wire (one from alt to amp meter in instrument cluser) no other wires melted thru their insulation, but when i tried to start the cruiser back up... nothing.

i have pulled the whole harness its going back in after rhino line and dont wanna put a bad harness back in

did i fry my alt what about the starter -- what should i be concerned with?? any way to test without the harness in the cruiser

should i replace the whole harness or the single wire -- ie painless?? also if i replace it will only be with new not a used harness -- i hate electrical problems -- but i think mine is still good since it was only one wire

also i know what started the fire -- had the instrument cluster hanging and the wire contacted with the body

thanks for any help
 
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You could have the starter and alt tested, they do it at most auto part stores. I doubt there will be a problem. It was a direct short and you were doing a little welding :D You may have hurt the Battery.

I had fire issues with my harnes (melted wires under the hood) but I just spent the time with the harness on the table and checked and identified each wire, and fixed the ones that needed it. It took a while but well worth the time IMO. Nothing will kill you faster in the woods than electrical. As for the painless harness I have heard they are anything but "painless"
 
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thanks

can they test the starter and alt without them being hooked up??

i damn sure cant drive it to the auto parts store.

battery is still good atleast for now -- put in the runner for the test
 
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You will have to take the start and alt off the motor and down to napa or whatever most stores can bench test.
 
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i wish

the only wire was the one that goes directly from the alt to the instrument cluster -- it sounds like it should go thru a fuse but it was direct
 
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i thought mine went through a fuse, just not one associated with the fuse box.

checked the grounds???

did it blow out the fuses in the fuse box?

i know it's far fetched, but i'm trying to think outside the box
 
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no all fuses are good, no inline fuse either atleast on the + side and i cant see why one would be on the -.

i had the cluser hangin (didnt disconnect wires yet b/c wanted to mark them for when i reinstalled) and the + side i guess touched the metal dash causing a ground?? fried the insulation totally off, split harness all the way down but all other wires seem good just a little stuck together and real sticky

there was a fuse in the harness (not sure what it goes to) that is blown -- i think for my hazzards or horn -- the only 2 things not working b4 the fire -- anybody...anybody??

but thanks that was a question i had anyway
 
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Happened to me as well, fried the ammeter wire. Alt & starter should still be fine, mine were. I eventually disconnected the ammeter, too small anyway. Ran a thicker gauge wire from the alt straight to the battery.
 
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i did sorta the same thing.... i was working on my cluster and wearing a ring (made it in 8th grade) while i was hooking stuff up. my finger, and ring, were resting on the dash when the ring hit the ammeter wire from the battery! :eek: :eek:

let me tell you, that fawkin ring was HOT! ::) :D
 
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sounds like the time i was stripping telephone wire with my teeth, one wire in mouth and another touched my lip... i never thought telephone line carried such a strong bite -- my dads workmen thought it was really really funny.
 
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[quote author=Fat Kid link=board=1;threadid=6341;start=msg51941#msg51941 date=1066400033]
i did sorta the same thing.... i was working on my cluster and wearing a ring (made it in 8th grade) while i was hooking stuff up. my finger, and ring, were resting on the dash when the ring hit the ammeter wire from the battery! :eek: :eek:

let me tell you, that fawkin ring was HOT! ::) :D
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Been there too!

Remember to ALWAYS disconnect the ground cable or cables from your battery, or batteries, before working on anything, especially electrical. :)

A little extra time spent on this simple task makes things A LOT safer!
 

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