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Ya a loose wire can be a real pain. By the way, you might want to check your gaskets and seals. I noticed a wee bit of corrosion that might be water related. I know Wyoming doesn't have big lakes but gets plenty of snow, the windows all there and working?

On a more serious note, if you need something like another fuse block just let me know.
 

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Yup. I think you may have found your problem, Trapper.
May I offer a bit of advice which I found drastically improves the longevity of electrical connections on trucks? Use a bit of Anti-sieze at your terminal connections. When you're installing a crimp-on terminal to a wire, put some Anti-sieze on the wire before sliding it into the terminal. You'd be amazed at how corrosion free your connections stay for years.
 

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The best I've ever found for electrical connections is Bosch switch lube. It was designed for use on points to keep them from arcing or for mating plugs. Not cheap or easy to find but well worth it.
 

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That is probably good stuff too. A few years ago Hot Rod Mag showed a GM product for enhancing electrical contact, too. But it offered no corrosion resistance as I recall.
As I understand it, "dielectric grease" would be the opposite of an electrical contact "enhancing" compound. I've heard of "bulb grease" but don't know what else you could use it for.
All this didn't use to be a problem here in Montana. But now it is severe, as they decided to start salting the roads so all the people who move here from California can drive like maniacs in the wintertime, too.
 

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NOT humorous, so I moved it to the "Electrical" Forum.

OUCH! It appears that the fuse box may be "Done", so to speak. As in "Medium Well". Do I see melted plastic as well as corroded terminals, spades and posts? Good luck....
 

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contact grease

While in the Navy my boss ordered in what he thought was 2 toothpaste sized tubes of contact grease for installing circuit breakers into switchboards. Turns out they were 8# tubs of the stuff!

I have no idea where one would go to get the stuff here in the "real world," but I'll just hint that when one of the tubs "expired" it made it into a different than usual trash receptical. ;) It's what I use on lugs and on those pesky Kadett and Manta light bulb sockets that love to corrode away as well.

FWIW, Jeff, when you crimp a lug onto a wire you're counting on the pressure from the crimper to pressure weld the wire to the lug. I'm not sure how warm and cozy I feel about putting grease in there before the actual crimping happens. Afterwards, great, but before, not so great.

If I want a joint to seal up for good, I usually use either heat shrink tubing over the whole thing or liquid electrical tape. Both seal very well, and if the joint needs to come apart later it's just a second with a sharp knife to slice it enough to come apart.
 

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This car came from California (thinking out of the bay lol). The car had been in storage for about ten years. The body is straight and in great shape.
Actually the fusebox is the worst There is minor corosion throughout the car that has cleaned up really easy. I did get a kick out of the fusebox though.

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Your picture clearly shows the problem, you have a black wire with no grey on it ??? Whats up with that?

Seriously, the dielectric grease specifically does not conduct electricity yet seals out the water and allows the electrical connection. I have never found an electrical connection that couldn't use it !! It also stops the corrosion of the metals which usually causes the connection to fail.

Contact enhansers on the other hand typically conduct eletricity but not enough to short from pin to pin. More so it is designed to chemically allow the 2 pins to contact and not corrode at the point of contact.

I purchased a contact enhancer many years ago and never once did I notice a difference using it. The dielectric grease definately makes a difference.
 
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