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6/12/2004
07:56:42

Subject: I keep blowing fuses...why?
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I own a 1997 Dakota V8. I keep noticing that I keep blowing cluster fuses. I have had indiglo guages in my truck for about 2 years and never had a problem. I have used a higher amp fuse, but it still blows. As soon as I put the fuse in, it goes. Does anyone know what may be wrong...? And a possible solution. Please I need your help....



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6/12/2004
10:12:55

RE: I keep blowing fuses...why?
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Sounds like you have a short in the circuit. Look for a wire shorting to ground, or a carbon bridge (burnt smelling brown mark) on a circuit board. Using higher amp fuses is a bad idea that could compound the damage and maybe start a fire.

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6/12/2004
13:01:34

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Definitely don't use higher amp fuses. Fuses are cheap and designed to blow so that the expensive parts don't. You have a short circuit. You're going to need a multimeter to find the short but, I think you need to take it to a trusted mechanic with electrical skills.



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6/12/2004
14:42:34

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I recently ran into a similar scenario. I wish my headlight system had a fues on it for this reason. Instead, somehow something got grounded or shorted and I actually happened to notice a wire glowing red-hot one night. Now I get to buy a new wiring-harness. I WILL run an inline fuse though, so this crap won't happen again.



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