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Alternator / Wiring Question
Well, it happened..for the first time the CJ left me walking...OK, I'm too fat to walk, I just called a friend, but either way you get the point...
I was going into town late, obviously using the headlights, and when I had made it almost to town (30 miles) she started running really bad, so I turned off the headlights to see if that would clear it up and it did. Now, I've had the alternator and battery both tested. Both good. I have a good wiring diagram, but the PO obviously did a little handy work on the alternator wiring. here's what I did, and I was looking for suggestions on if it was right / safe...
In circle 1, the batter cable, I jumped a wire from the alternator directly to the battery cable. Circle 2 is just the other end of the jumper wire. Circle 3 is where it hooks to the alternator.
I tried to trace the wire in yellow to make it easy to see what's going on.
I knew this would get it running to get me home, but I don't know what the long term effect is...Correct me if I'm wrong...Doing that will cause the motor to run off the battery instead of going to the starter solinoid causing it to run off the alternator? Right? Wrong? You're not going to hurt my feelings...you can tell me I'm an idiot...