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Old 10-12-2009, 05:21:05 PM   #1
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Fusible Link

What exactly is a fuisble link? Is it just like a thinner gauge wire?

Should I attache one to the positive battery wire running from the thermostatic switch to the remote starter solenoid?

Also, should I attache a fusible link to the wire running the the battery terminal of the starter?

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Old 10-12-2009, 05:49:44 PM   #2
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A fusible link is a smaller gauge (numerically larger) wire which acts as an in-line fuse to protect the rest of your wiring harness.

The battery cable needs to go directly to the starter.
It is a very high draw device which needs a low resistance, heavy gauge wire (cable) to feed it directly from the battery.
A small gauge wire between the starter and battery will probably turn to smoke the first time you crank it over.

Your other circuit... "Thermostatic switch to remote starter solenoid", confuses me.

What thermostatic switch?
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:54:04 PM   #3
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a thermostatic switch is typically a ground source.

When it get's hot the metal inside will touch and create a circuit for ground.

Commonly used on electric fan's relays.

But there are types that allows you to pass a circuit from one wire to another.
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:23:57 PM   #4
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I meant to say thermostatic fan switch to make the dual fans come on.

I didnt mean the battery cable going from the battery to the battery terminal on the starter, I mean the other wire thats attached the battery terminal of the starter, I think its about 14 gauges wire.

As well, for a fusible link, can I just splice like a piece of 18 gauge wire in on a 14 gauge wire?

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Old 10-13-2009, 02:18:51 PM   #5
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My 2 cents. I replace fusable links with fuses.
I had a old ford truck that gave me nothing but trouble. After 3-4 fuseable links, I put a fuse holder in and it never had an issue again.
I like to be able to see & check the circuit better.

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Old 10-13-2009, 02:23:51 PM   #6
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As well, for a fusible link, can I just splice like a piece of 18 gauge wire in on a 14 gauge wire?

I wouldn't use normal wire for this.

I've had good luck with the "fusible link" wire that you can get down at the parts store. It's called "fusible link" - and it is designed to work as such.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:29:06 PM   #7
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I agree with Mrdragster. Fusible links are cheap and can go bad. As for fuses, they are a visible gauge(no pun itended) for a power feed. Fuses are much more reliable.

Here's one......I just installed my Global West body mounts, went to start my 79 and......NOTHIN!!! I dropped the starter and the wire feding the key was burned all the way to the fusible link. The link was intact but the wire was toast!! I must have nine lives, or at least my Camaro does!!!! I put in fuse on a 10ga wire. No issues now.
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