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Old 02-24-2007, 03:43 AM   #1
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Default PLEASE TELL ME I'M NOT FUDGED!!

Have you ever had one of those days when everything is going great, you are working on your car and all of a sudden......"Ooops, what was that?", well tonight was my night. It is now 1:30am and I have been working on my car for 4 1/2 hours. I am replacing the LIM gaskets, valve cover gaskets yada yada yada...So anyway as you can see from the pictures, my 'oops' was reaching in to the back of the motor when I accidentally broke some wires that connect to the alternator! Please tell me I am not up a creek on this one. I really don't want to have a dummy light on forever!! Does anyone have any ideas?? I am going to bed...Thanks!

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You're not up the creek. You have a few options. What you have is a Metri-Pack Mixed Series connector (Sealed).

Of the options available, here'* what I would do.

Your local GM dealer (Service Department) will have a connector service kit. It looks like a fishing tackle box, but has several trays of connector terminals in it. Depending on the dealer, they may let you have a look through the trays and match the terminals (my local dealer did). They will usually charge you about $1.50/terminal. This is outrageously high, but in the quantity you need, not that big a deal. If you can get them, I'd recommend buying a couple of extras. Ideally, you need to crimp the new terminals on. The best way is to use a crimp tool, but if you don't have one you can use a small pair of pliers. Be sure to carefully solder the connection as well. While you're at it, I would suggest replacing the small rubber seals that you'll find on each of the wires. These are also in the connector service kit.

If the wires broke off, it seems to me that over time the heat has made them brittle. You may need to cut back a few inches to expose a clean, flexible conductor before doing the repair. Depending on how bad the wire is and how far back you have to cut off, you may need to splice in some new wires so you'll have enough length to reach the generator.
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I really don't want to have a dummy light on forever!! Does anyone have any ideas??
The alternator will not make power with that connector disconnected.
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