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...When I disconnect the yellow wire from the solenoid to the generator, the test light goes off. ...Why the short?
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All battery power starts at the starter solenoid if you have the original setup. Start there,..
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Resolved!... Anyway, it was the two wires on the solenoid, they were touching the body, and, shorting.
I wonder why you didn't know that when you took the yellow wires OFF of the solenoid. Am I missing something here? - Dave
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Yeah, I don't know, I thought everyone would buy that. I had someone crank it, I attached the wires to the solenoid. Big spark. I did it again! Big spark. Then, I put it back together. No spark on attaching negative cable to post, no test light on between negative cable to post. Everything seems OK. ??? Please, you tell me. I'll bet the generator doesn't work... I've got to run it, and, check the voltage at the battery.
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Yeah, I don't know, I thought everyone would buy that. I had someone crank it, I attached the wires to the solenoid. Big spark. I did it again! Big spark. Then, I put it back together. No spark on attaching negative cable to post, no test light on between negative cable to post. Everything seems OK. ??? Please, you tell me. I'll bet the generator doesn't work... I've got to run it, and, check the voltage at the battery.
All we know is what you tell us even if it is false information, we know these cars and we see through your words. We don't need to 'buy that' at all. We HAVE told you with in-depth and accurate advice even though you grounded your battery cable twice, then cried 'short'.

If you're the type of mechanic that sets his car on fire doing an oil change, you might consider hiring a garage to do your work. It will be faster and cheaper for you.

I spelled-out how your voltage regulator isolates the generator. Now, you are asking us if the generator is still good. My friend, you will need sound troubleshooting techniques to answer your question and put your mind at ease. I am an Apprenticed Electrician, not a magician and Detroit is ten hours from you.

BTW, both my folks come from just east of you in Wilkes-Barre and Kingston. I know the area to be full of honest, hard-working people who are eager to help their neighbors with car problems. - Dave
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If the yellow wire to the voltage regulator was touching the body the worst you probably did was smoke the regulator. I would be more concerned about the main yellow power wire that goes from the solenoid to the headlight switch. That would've also been grounded. That powers the entire car. If you have power windows or power seat it has a circuit breaker for protection so you should be ok. If not you may have smoked the headlight switch or burnt the wire. If you start the car and the GEN light goes out then your generator is probably ok. Putting a voltmeter on the battery when it's running will tell you for sure. I would keep an eye out to make sure everything else is working and you don't smell anything burning.

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Resolved! ...Anyway, it was the two wires on the solenoid, they were touching the body, and, shorting.
John, those two wires are yellow. He shorted the battery at the solenoid. Can't get much more direct than that. - Dave
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