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
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....
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?
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.