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Fuse blows causing dash instruments to not function

Weird electrical issue. Will be driving and all of a sudden the dash instruments will no longer function, all of them, blinker, tachometer, speedometer, gas gauge, temperature gauge...done.

If I put a new fuse in everything comes back to life. The fuse that blows is labeled Back-up light, not sure what that fuse has to do with the dash instruments, but that is how it is labeled.

I have been able to blow the fuse on demand by simply turning the blinker on.

Last night I put a new fuse in and drove without using my blinker. The car made it approximately 60 miles, interstate driving, and all of a sudden dashboard instruments go dead. I did not use my blinker and still the fuse blows. I drove it without my dashboard instruments for about 80 miles, car drove fine just wasn't sure how fast I was going.

I got gas, popped in a fresh fuse and was able to drive the remaining 50 miles of my journey with dashboard instruments working. I did not use the blinker.

My car was recently struck on the driver side front, messing up the hood and the headlight assembly. Everything has been fixed, new light etc. I only mention this as the problem started after I got the car back from the body shop.

According to the body shop what he did is not related to this electrical issue. I tend to believe him but I wanted to share the information...the mored details the better.

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This could be a problem with what he did if the wiring was not correct and he had to replace the head light or any of the wiring harness to make the car like new. There is a short somewhere. It could be that with the accident some wire got trapped in the metal and when they straightend the body they pinched the wire or something to do with the headlight. I would take it back to him and demand that he shows you exactly what he did. Body shops are known for having issues like this and not wanting to take blame fr a problem

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