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#726310 - July 31st 2017 9:26 pm 2000 ram van 40 amp battery feed fuse blowing  
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hey guys....work van stranded me...2000 dodge ram van 3.9 v6.....while driving i smelt burnt wiring then van stalled...i popped hood and noticed the 40 amp battery feed #2 was blown....so i borrowed a good 40 amp fuse from the 40 amp rear auxillary blower slot and tried it in place of the blown one.....i then tried to crank it and it immediately blowed that fuse as well.....it got too dark to check any further...any ideas or pointers on what the cause may be or what to look at......this is my work van and i cant make any money til i get her fixed and bills already behind....help....thanks

#726313 - July 31st 2017 9:41 pm Re: 2000 ram van 40 amp battery feed fuse blowing [Re: DadsVan]  
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Back track the line.
It is shorting out somewhere.
Rubbed through the outer rubber coating,
And touching the body, frame, somewhere.
My best guess.

#726318 - July 31st 2017 9:59 pm Re: 2000 ram van 40 amp battery feed fuse blowing [Re: DadsVan]  
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yup...thats my thought too because it is a fast dead short....but still wanna pick everybodys brain about this

#726332 - August 01st 2017 11:53 am Re: 2000 ram van 40 amp battery feed fuse blowing [Re: DadsVan]  
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update....put battery on charger overnite...got out there this morning and found my dead short where insulation was torn and grounding out....repaired the bad area...made a poor mans jumper fuse out of a strand of 12-2 bare copper so i could make it to town to buy a new fuse...got to town,put new fuse in and all is good....271k miles on her and still goin....

#726370 - August 01st 2017 10:30 pm Re: 2000 ram van 40 amp battery feed fuse blowing [Re: DadsVan]  
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Great, it's normally the small things that get in your way.

#726421 - August 03rd 2017 12:43 pm Re: 2000 ram van 40 amp battery feed fuse blowing [Re: DadsVan]  
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well.....back again....battery was dead this morning so i jumped it off and went to town...after about 35 minutes of drive time i stopped to get gas and shut van off....went to leave and dead battery again......raining like crazy and cant check any further.....what yall think? battery or altenator?

#726422 - August 03rd 2017 1:09 pm Re: 2000 ram van 40 amp battery feed fuse blowing [Re: DadsVan]  
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Maybe a inline fuse .... I had this happen to me in the '93. The whole dash went blank, hobbled it home on batt only & it was a inline fuse that stopped the alt from recharging the batt.


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#726423 - August 03rd 2017 1:24 pm Re: 2000 ram van 40 amp battery feed fuse blowing [Re: DadsVan]  
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i never lost anything powered up....all dash lights,radio,etc worked fine.....

#726425 - August 03rd 2017 1:39 pm Re: 2000 ram van 40 amp battery feed fuse blowing [Re: DadsVan]  
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A multimeter would help a lot at this point.
Including the in line fuse, it could have blown other fuses
Or links.
I hooked a battery backwards once. It had all kinds of problems.
It could be a few things, but checking to see if the battery is receiving anything from the alternator is first.
Power regulator, positive cable, links, engine fuses, check both fuse boxes, and more.
A direct short is said to waist a weak battery, I've just never seen it.
Electrical troubleshooting is always a pain, more so in newer vehicles.

#726426 - August 03rd 2017 1:50 pm Re: 2000 ram van 40 amp battery feed fuse blowing [Re: DadsVan]  
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Oh, by the way, AutoZone and most Auto parts stores can test
The battery and alternator for free.
If, you can start it after you get there 😊


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