Question: I have a question about a recently purchased '86 4 cyl that is driving me batty. The previous owner cut a red wire (approx. 18 guage) on the alternator. When I opened up the wire loom to find the other end, it isn't there. The Haynes manual shows this wire connecting to the larger red wire off the back of the alt. Is this correct? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Answer: You are sort of correct. The small gauge wire connects just after the fusible link of the heavy gauge one, but goes to the other alt connector. No reason you couldn't go directly from the back terminal to the other.
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