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yup i was wondering if that can be done on the 04s.. i think it may have only been available on 05+'s(not sure when the cluster changed)
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There are only a few things that it can be: Alternator, Batteries, Fusible Links, Short, or Bad Ground. It's all a process of elimination. Chris

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One thing that my buddy had me try. Is to get a piece of heavy duty electrical wire and put one end where the big hot wire is on the alternator and the other to the + terminal on the passanger side battery. I think was a way to elimate the possibility of blown fuseable links. He said that i should be able to hear the alternator get drawn down and that this would be an indication that it's charging the system. But i never heard the alternator get drawn down. So maybe there is a blown fuseable link somewhere...idk

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Since the smoke was at/near the alternator, that is where I would be looking first, that is where the shorting heat was generated initially. Since it is not charging, you've likely cooked the alternator. Does it smell burned? Fuseable link is a possibility also as mentioned, as these are for safety in impact damage. Should be a simple fix, although may cost for another alternator. Harry

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One thing that my buddy had me try. Is to get a piece of heavy duty electrical wire and put one end where the big hot wire is on the alternator and the other to the + terminal on the passanger side battery. I think was a way to elimate the possibility of blown fuseable links. He said that i should be able to hear the alternator get drawn down and that this would be an indication that it's charging the system. But i never heard the alternator get drawn down. So maybe there is a blown fuseable link somewhere...idk
If you have a volt meter, check for power out of the alternator. You should see charging voltage 13.2 or better. If not, your alternator is not working. It would be hard to hear any load changes with a diesel engine like ours idling. If you have no power into the alternator, then look for fuseable link. Harry

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Buddy called me from the dealer and found that i blew the small 20gauge fuseable link. This wire is the hot/power wire(orange with blue tracer) on the quick connect pigtail that clips into the alernator. He ordered the fuseable link but said that it wont be here till like 2-3 days. So i'll either have my truck back on wednesday or not till next monday because of the thanksgiving holiday. Hopefully i'll have it back wednesday cause i just got done installing the 64/71/70 turbo and can't wait to put the race file in it.

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how hard is it to find the fusable link?
I have a 2003 , i drove my truck beyond the death of my alternator and actually killed the truck,, now with new batts and alt im only getting 12.5 volts at the alt..?
could this be part of the issue?

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how hard is it to find the fusable link?
I have a 2003 , i drove my truck beyond the death of my alternator and actually killed the truck,, now with new batts and alt im only getting 12.5 volts at the alt..?
could this be part of the issue?
not sure if it could be the issue, but the fuseable links are on the passanger side battery + post. I believe there are like 4 of them i think. There's a thin one which should be the 20 gauge one and then there should be a few 12 gauge ones. All of the fuseable links are bolted to the + battery terminal along with the + battery cable.

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