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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 25th, 09, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Fuse Link Repair?

While removing my battery I noticed the wire posted below was broken. The whole harness is wrapped up so its hard to follow and see where it goes but after doing some searching on here its looks like it is the fusable link connected to the junction block on the rad. support and runs to the AMP gauge in my center console. If i am wrong please tell me what it looks like it is. My questions for you guys are:

1) What is the small black cylinder on the end of the wire that connects to the fusable link (Orange wire), What is it used for and is it needed? Almost looks like the end of the fusable link was soldered on to the end of the cylinder wire, but i thought you weren't suppose to solder fuse links.

2) What is the best way to repair this wire? Can I just cut the back cylinder off and butt connect the wire to the fusable link like shown here - http://www.madelectrical.com/catalog/fusible-link.shtml

thanks for the help


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old May 25th, 09, 07:20 PM
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Re: Fuse Link Repair?

Considering it broke so close to the splice I'd say yes - you can just cut and recrimp. My only word of advice is if you're going to use a crimp connection (instead of soldering for example), make sure it's weather tight. I like to cut a substantial piece of heat shrink tubing and dope the heck out of the connection with dielectric grease. When you put the heat to the heat shrink, the dielectric grease will prevent moisture from wicking up to the splice.

You can buy new fusable link wire - I think most auto parts stores carry it. But the same care in splicing it to prevent moisture from creating a bad connection still applies.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old May 26th, 09, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Fuse Link Repair?

thanks dnult,

Can you tell me what that small black cylinder is on the wire that leads I am assumming to the AMP gauge. Why is it there, what is it used for? I assume from your response that it is not needed and can be cut out?

Also, the only reason i asked about butt connecting it back is because I thought that you couldn't solder a fusable link wire.

thanks again for all the help

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Front - 15x6 with 215/65
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old May 26th, 09, 08:06 PM
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Re: Fuse Link Repair?

It's a splice. I'm not sure what GM did deep inside, but it's a rubber seal that was molded around the wiring to keep moisture out.

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