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Fuse keeps blowing for my tail/instrumnet lights '98 ford escort

Every time I replace the 15A fuse for the tail lights/instument lights they blow imediately when I turn the light on. I know it must be a short but whre? any ideas?... I ahve even truied using only one tail light w/same results.

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  • bewiens Mar 14, 2009

    Same for me too. Fuse lasts for less than 10 seconds of driving then blows. Replaced a wire leading from under the dash to the tail lights but that only helped temporarily. Still happening all the time, so I can't use the car at night anymore. Really frustrating...

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Here is an easy start. Start unplugging things. Start with the tail lights. 1 then the other. Then unplug the instrument lights then maybe the switch itself. after that its gonna be a matter of pulling trim panels to find the culprit (dashes and kick panels are common areas for this to happen). There is also another means too. when you unplug the item in question you can use a Ohmeter and use the black to a known ground then you can start touching wires to see which one has no resistance to ground. then you will need to trace that wire which can be a pain. As you can see this can get progressively worse as time goes on, but be patient and methodical and you'll get it figured out soon enough!

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JC

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