Confusing Electrical Problems, Im Stranded on an island in AK
I searched the forums and found a few marginally useful threads. Nothing dead on. Im in Ketchikan, AK and am stranded at the moment. I have missed two Ferries.
Dead Batteries after two weeks without a start, Trickle charged both all is well.
Not starting, tracked it down to a bad starter solenoid and replaced.
Alternator will put out 14.2-14.5 V for about 15-20 minutes of run time then system will kick down to between 11.9-12.2
If I shut down for 10 to 15 minutes it still has held a charge of around 12.4-12.6 and starts fine. If I don't shut it down it eventually dies.
After 12 to 14 hours it wont start half the time without plugging into a jumper box.
I wasnt to worried about it. I figured the alternator was going bad. It is still under warranty but there wasn't one on this island and I was supposed to be gone by now. There seemed to be a short killing the alternator and making it hot.
That short has now moved into the ignition fuse.
Now starts up and runs and charges fine, holds a charge but after it gets warm 15-20 minutes the ignition, glow plug, fuel heater fuse blows and the van dies. If I change the fuse it starts right up. This happened three times in a day. Then it happened at the end of today and The fuse would blow as soon as I turned on the key. I let it cool for a couple of hours and it still blew on the first turn.
This is on a 98 van w/ a mechanical fuel pump.
Any Ideas? As I mentioned I'm trapped on an Island. I should have been in Brittish Columbia Sunday. Please help. Im pretty familiar with this engine and a pretty reasonable wrench. So fire from the hip any ideas would be great. Thanks