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Stranded? almost, but got away with it!
Well my 2nd battery with a Ford starter solenoid, wired in to jumper the stock bat when needed, paid off
I left my lights on last night (a pretty common failing of mine) and of course the battery was dead, so i flicked
the switch and voila it starts. Drove in to work and just as I was set to back into my parking spot, [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
thud, the power dies. I figure the fuseable link has fried, and so it had, but so had the battery!
Since the link was gone I couldn't even use the jumper solenoid to make it go.
I pushed it into my spot and opened the hood to look used the cheapie tester I keep in the glove box
and sure enough the battery is gone and the fuseable link was dead. Corroded too. (I haven't had the
hood open in some time)
got into work and checked a few things, then went back out. I moved one cable on the Ford solenoid to
common posts effectively jumping the solenoid, and bared the end of the wire that connects to the
fuseable link. I also keep a couple of wires with alligator clip in the glove box and voila again, its running!
Total fix time under 10 min.
So tonight I set up a fuse block or circuit breaker and replace the battery with one I have in the garage
from the freebie 88.5 tin top, and I should be golden again.
I do think I will put in a bypass switch on that fuse though, just in case...