Grounded out main wire to alternator to a 1998 toyota camry

Asked by Feb 20, 2017 at 10:25 AM about the 1998 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I changed alternator on 98 camry 4 cyl, but I did not
disconnect battery first and hot cable on alternator
made contact with car and sparked. Now I'm
having exterior and interior  electrical problems  
that won't work. Not working are the brake, tail &
reverse lights,  dashbord gages,  turn signals to
indicate turn, and no power from alternator to
battery.  Need some help or advice  with what I
should do/try .thanks

8 Answers

1,930

Check the Alternative. Fuse under hood. I believe this one is a bolt in Fuse. You may need a 12 volt test light or a DC voltmeter to check it. Get back with results.

Ive checked that & I've got power to that

73,065

Check that there is power going threw the fuse, not just up to it.

It is going through. checked it on both sides

22,935

You did the work yourself? whatever, it sounds like you need a real mechanic now- messing with electronics on these 21st Century cars is risky business-

1,930

OK....let's get back to the diagnosis. What are you using for testing? Voltmeter....Test Light....other? If you have no power between the ALT and the Battery through that fat wire that shorted to ground...then...I suspect the FUSEABLE LINK coming off the battery is blown. Can you take a photo of the Battery Connections and post said photo?

Using a DC volt meter. And if you can give me a few minutes to go take the photo and I'll send it. Oh and I want to say Thank you for your help/suggestions!!!!

1,930

OK....Check the under hood fuse box. Do you see anything that looks like this(Fusible Link)?

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