Tail lights and dash lights keep blowing fuse when you start it
I have a 2001 ford escort zx2 the dash lights went out and also the tail lights. the fuse was blown i replaced it and when started car and gave gas it blows it got down road and it smelled like hot plastic
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You have a short somewhere, unplug the tail lamps one at a time and see if the fuse still blows. if you disconnect one and the fuse does not blow and everything else works, the problem is in the tail light assembly. if not, the short is most likely in the wiring harness which can be a bit tricky to diagnose. alldata.com/diy offers one year subscriptions to cars with all the repair info and they have excellent wiring schematics. dont forget to try the front marker lamps in addition to the tail lamps.
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Your brake light switch was sticking and now the fuse box is shorted. between those 3 systems. it happened to me in a 90 ford it was wipers brakes and radio. I took fuse box down and taped wires, and replaced brake light switch and it fixed it
Check the fuse, the tail lights and dash light are usually on the same fuse. If the fuse is blown you may want to look around for bare wires. Do you have a trailer wire hook up? That is usually the culprit. The owners manual shoud tell you which fuse it is. No owners manual go to www.car-part.com that will tell you the salvage yards in your area that may have a used manual.
Just check the fuse box for busted fuses. They are properly labelled as headlights, park lights, etc.. Also check the wirings for short circuited lines. Further- more check the bulbs, if these are still ok.
your lights are grounding out some where you will have to check for a dead short in the wiring use a volt meter in the resitance mode and track through you power side of the lights untill you find your dead short, start at the back and work your way to the fuse box pull the fuse and follow the wire. there is a short in it it will just take some time going through look for worn coating, cracks, or melted.
good luck & and happy hunting
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!