alternator acting up

Brett Dikeman brett at
Sun Jun 24 17:11:02 EDT 2007

On Jun 23, 2007, at 8:28 PM, Nathan Winters wrote:

> My car did the same thing, it was the cable from the starter/ 
> alternator to the battery.  It runs 2gauge from the battery to the  
> firewall, then down to 4 gauge through the firewall to the  
> starter / alternator.  The splice fails electrically and does  
> exactly what you describe.
> I cut the wire to the battery cable about 1 foot from the splice,  
> the wire was in good shape.  It then spiced in a piece of 2 or 0  
> gauge that I got from a stereo shop to the starter.

This is a well-known problem with type 44's.  How hard a job was  
this, and what was involved?  I'm facing a similar issue (along with  
a battery drain that is getting *very* tiresome.)

A writeup from someone who has done this before would be helpful.  I  
don't have the time or money to rip up the entire cable, so a splice  
sounds nice.  In particular, I'd like to know how you did the splice  
(longevity is obviously a bit of a concern), whether you ran new wire  
to the fuse/relay boxes, etc.


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