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15 amp fuse blows as soon as it's fitted!

My 95 Passat blew the 15 amp fuse and now blows the new one as soon as it's fitted, it controls the central locking and interior lights, help!

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Pinched, worn, or otherwise damaged wire somewhere. You will need to investigate further to find the problem.
Get a continuity tester and check for continuity to ground with each wire.
I would suspect a door wire before the dome light wire.
Good Luck

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volvo 850 fuses fuse panel layout service repair manual
FUSE PANEL IDENTIFICATION
Fig. 1: Fuse Panel Identification
Courtesy of Volvo Cars of North America.
WARNING: Always disconnect battery ground cable before servicing "high-current fuses. It is recommended that "high-current" fuses be replaced by a qualified technician.
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* 39 - Circuit Breaker
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