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Old 11-15-2011, 08:01 PM #85
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Done with my 4. How do you guys feel you did?
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:46 PM #86
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I need help, 68 chevy C10 with a 94 silverado TBI 350 in it. Alternator keeps blowing fuses. I cleaned all the grounds and I checked the wire for shorts and I saw none. I don't want to resort taking my car to a mechanic but I am stumped. If it matters I've tried a few different alternators.
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:47 PM #87
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what is the specified alternator current output and what is it actually?


does it blow out immediately or only under certain conditions?

what is the diode ripple at the battery? voltage drop and resistance from alternator case to B-?

disconnect the battery and check the resistance from alternator positive post to positive clamp, then check the voltage drop from the alternator positive post to the alternator case, to engine ground, and to B-
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:02 PM #88
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Done with my 4. How do you guys feel you did?
I found auto trans to be about as tough as I imagined. We will see what happens.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:14 PM #89
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really? i thought manual trans was alot harder than auto. but i neglected any sort of review for it since i tend to deal with them more and brushed up on my less seen automatics.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:11 PM #90
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Quick(probably dumb) question.

Have you guys heard of anyone having problems switching over to E10 fuel on early 90's vehicles? A guy on a local forum brought it up, and my car is doing the same thing has his truck, which he says only started when the gas stations switched over, so could it cause problems with the fuel system?
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:15 PM #91
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:23 PM #92
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what is the specified alternator current output and what is it actually?


does it blow out immediately or only under certain conditions?

what is the diode ripple at the battery? voltage drop and resistance from alternator case to B-?

disconnect the battery and check the resistance from alternator positive post to positive clamp, then check the voltage drop from the alternator positive post to the alternator case, to engine ground, and to B-
It blows right when I connect the battery. I don't have a volt meter but I am going to buy one tomorrow.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:34 PM #93
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Quick(probably dumb) question.

Have you guys heard of anyone having problems switching over to E10 fuel on early 90's vehicles? A guy on a local forum brought it up, and my car is doing the same thing has his truck, which he says only started when the gas stations switched over, so could it cause problems with the fuel system?
unless the station you're buying gas from has a sign that says "no ethanol" it's probably E10 already anyways.

E10 will only really cause you some reduced power and fuel economy, it's when it goes up the problems really start if not equipped for it. corrosion, ruining of seals and pumps, etc. alcohol's big problem is it's corrosive and has fewer BTU's per gallon than gasoline or diesel by about half, so if you were running an E85 blend you would require nearly double the amount of fuel to get the same work done. it's perk is the increased octane and that it's fairly stable. so chances are you're already using E10, because that 10% allows them to charge you the same for a lesser quality gas with a bit of alcohol in it to bring it "up to snuff"
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I need help, 68 chevy C10 with a 94 silverado TBI 350 in it. Alternator keeps blowing fuses. I cleaned all the grounds and I checked the wire for shorts and I saw none. I don't want to resort taking my car to a mechanic but I am stumped. If it matters I've tried a few different alternators.
And this just started happening one day? It would be helpful to tell more of the story, it's important for us to know when the problem started, and the conditions it started in.

Keep things simple, and ask yourself what was going on when the problem started happening. Did you work on something with the truck?

You need to start by going through the wiring again. Stop randomly disconnecting grounds to clean random things. Moving wires and connections will do nothing but have you chasing your tail.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:48 PM #95
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I bought the truck unaware of the charging problems, I replaced the alternator and then it started to blow fuses right away. I think I may have found out the problem, It's supposed to be a 1 wire alternator and I bought a three wire, I returned it and bought a 1 wire alt of amazon, but would that cause the fuse to blow immediately once I connect the battery?
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well if it's the wrong alternator then yes quite possibly. those wires have to do with the charging field and voltage regulator, among other things.
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Once I get the new alternator in I'll update you guys incase I still need help. I hate electrical stuff.
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unless the station you're buying gas from has a sign that says "no ethanol" it's probably E10 already anyways.

E10 will only really cause you some reduced power and fuel economy, it's when it goes up the problems really start if not equipped for it. corrosion, ruining of seals and pumps, etc. alcohol's big problem is it's corrosive and has fewer BTU's per gallon than gasoline or diesel by about half, so if you were running an E85 blend you would require nearly double the amount of fuel to get the same work done. it's perk is the increased octane and that it's fairly stable. so chances are you're already using E10, because that 10% allows them to charge you the same for a lesser quality gas with a bit of alcohol in it to bring it "up to snuff"
See i've read that it will cause problems, and other people have said it won't so i'm confused. It was around a year or so ago that the stations "switched" and the PO replaced the injectors around 2 years ago. So i'm not really sure why one would be leaking already(that's what i assume it is doing, #6 spark plug keeps getting soaked with gas) but i'm sure they can prematurely fail.
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Alright, So the local tech school offers a program to earn my A.A.S. as an auto technician. What kind of job placement would I be looking at after receiving my degree?

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Shop helper if you're lucky, shops/dealers want people with experience in the field. I know 5 people that just got back from Ohio tech, one found a job in the automotive field. He has a list of ASE's and prior to leaving for school worked at a shop(Vernon Crossings) for 3 years, also did side work out of his garage, and his references consisted of previous employer and customers, which was a smart move in my opinion.

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See i've read that it will cause problems, and other people have said it won't so i'm confused. It was around a year or so ago that the stations "switched" and the PO replaced the injectors around 2 years ago. So i'm not really sure why one would be leaking already(that's what i assume it is doing, #6 spark plug keeps getting soaked with gas) but i'm sure they can prematurely fail.
Pull the injector out, run the fuel pump and see? It may not be leaking and be Hung wide open. You're not going to get away from ethanol in fuel, so blaming it is doing you nothing.


Also if fuel was the issue then you'd likely have problems on more than one cylinder
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See i've read that it will cause problems, and other people have said it won't so i'm confused. It was around a year or so ago that the stations "switched" and the PO replaced the injectors around 2 years ago. So i'm not really sure why one would be leaking already(that's what i assume it is doing, #6 spark plug keeps getting soaked with gas) but i'm sure they can prematurely fail.
Anything built in the last few years is designed to handle ethanol.
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I'm pretty sure that "early 90's" isn't "the last few years...
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I'm pretty sure that "early 90's" isn't "the last few years...
"PO replaced the injectors around 2 years ago" is.
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