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Digital dash blow's fuses

Dash doesnt work put a fuse in and it blow's it but use a piece of metal and they work but smell smoke.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    are u trying to burn the car to the ground?? don't do that thing with the metal in te fuse.

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