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I have a short in my tail light circuit and keep blowing fuses. where should i start looking

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I have a 1988 dodge d 150 318 and i went mud blogging and my tail light stop working i do check my fuse and they are good why i am not getting no power to my tail light

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The one fuse keeps burning out why?


There's either a power drain on that circuit or a short circuit. It could also be a loose wire or 'bad earth' around the tail lights.
It may be nothing more than a 'bad earth' or loose power wire touching earth around the tail lights.

An auto electrician would pinpoint the problem in minutes

Feb 16, 2016 | 2000 Nissan Altima

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Why when i turn on lights fuse #16 blows and i lose tail lights, turn & break lights work though.


You will probably get a better answer if you repost and give the make, model, and year of your vehicle. But the most likely cause is a shorted wire to metal contact somewhere in the circuit that fuse protects. Check the owner's manual, if you have it, to find out everything that is on fuse #16, but assuming it is just for the tail lights: usually the tail lights are a separate circuit, no other circuits involved. The turn and brake lights are on a separate circuit for sure, as a safety precaution. So, somewhere between that fuse and the tail light socket, or including the sockets too, and the headlight switch, for that matter, there is a short that is blowing the fuse. Ever heard a little sparking under the dash, or smelled burnt rubber when the fuse started blowing?. Any snagged wires hanging from underneath? There are some neat electrical gadgets that help find shorts or bad wires, Fuse Buddy, Short Finder, things like that, kind of pricey, most of them, but you might find a reasonable tool. Otherwise probably a lot of digging, pulling harnesses apart to find wires, checking for power all along, etc., if you have to just start following a wire. Better invest in a multi-meter or a test light, and a wiring diagram would help to keep track of any changes in the wire colors you are following. See if you can unplug the bulb sockets at the tails and then see if fuse still blows. Finding shorts can get so frustrating it will chase you into bars-beware.

May 08, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Blowing fuses to the tail lights and parking lights


You have an intermittent short circuit to ground somewhere. Start at the back of the car, and remove the tail light assemblies, with the bulbs disconnected. If you have an aftermarket towbar fitted, look for shorts on its wiring. Look for any squashed on burned wires. Put in a new fuse and add bulbs till the fuse blows to track which circuit has the problem.

Feb 11, 2014 | Subaru Impreza Cars & Trucks

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Fuse for tail lights keeps blowing


You have a serious short circuit in the wiring to the tail lights. Fuses protect the wiring in your vehicle from catching fire.
You need to trace the tail light wiring from the fuse box to the tail lights to locate the fault/short circuit.
A wiring diagram can help as it shows the colour code of the wires to the tail lights.
This problem can be difficult to trace and you most likely need an auto electrician to fix this problem. It could mean installing a new wire to the tail lights as a quicker fix and bypass the fault..

Apr 19, 2013 | 1993 Nissan Quest

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Tail light fuse keep blowing


The fuse is blowing because there is a short to ground in the circuit.
It also includes the parking lights in the front of the car.
The sockets and wiring will need to be checked for shorts.

Dec 20, 2012 | 1993 Buick LeSabre

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I have a 1995 nissan pathfinder. i keep have electrical issues. when i first got it two months ago it wouldnt start. replaced battery terminals and it was fine for a while. then the meter fuse would blow...


It sounds like just the one problem. Your tails and the dash illumination lights are all on the one circuit that the fuse keeps blowing. Don't get confused thinking of another main fuse, just focus on this one circuit..
It is very seldom that a short develops at the fuse box, it certainly can happen from corrosion or loose terminals, but it is rare. More likely is a bad wire just like the one you found near the exhaust. Somewhere very likely a wire has had insulation stripped or scraped off, soon as the wire touches metal it will blow the fuse. Were any other wires damaged in that harness for the speed sensor? Or do you see any wires hanging down from under the truck, anywhere going back to the tail lights?
If you did the stereo yourself, were any wires cut going to the dash? I doubt this as the wire for the dash lights would be in a wiring harness that is like a bundle from under the dash up to the instrument cluster. You just have to keep looking for the short.

Mar 17, 2017 | 1995 Nissan Pathfinder

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I have a 2004 Chevy Malibu. and recently, the interrior lights and Instrument/tail lights fuses keep blowing out. I replace them, and the next day or sometimes within hours they fuses will be blown again....


You are correct,now to find out what circuit is blowing the fuse.If the car was in a accident check that area first.Chances are its interrior or running lights.lets start with interrior lights,install new fuse turn on interrior lights on for 1/2 hour.if fuse blows remove interrior lamp lenses and look for one of the hot wires to be shorted out on the body.To check the tail lights turn off the interrior lights and turn on the running lights.If fuse blows start with any damaged areas,check the trunk area for damage to the wire harness,if you have a trailer hitch chcek the trailer harness for damage.theres no easy fix here,hope I have been some help.Thanks for using FixYa......Ray

Jun 22, 2010 | 2004 Chevrolet Malibu

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Tail light fuse keeps blowing. I have traced the wiring back to the tail lights and it all seems fine. I have taken out the turn signal lights and the light switch, put in to the first position for parking...


Are the bulbs out of the sockets and the fuse blows?
Take bulbs out and check again
Place one back at a time if fuse was OK with bulbs out to locate bad bulb.
Otherwise.......
Do this........if still needed with bulbs out and fuse blowing.
Put a circuit breaker in to replace the fuse of the same amperage.
It will trip off then back on.
Use a standard cheap magnetic compass........place along lighting wiring........the wire with current will cause the needle to jump as circuit breaker trips on and off.
Follow path of current to problem.....the compass will stop moving once past the shorted /grounded wire/connection.

Sep 02, 2009 | 1997 Toyota Corolla

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96 bluebird le grand tail light fuse keeps blowing?


Anytime a fuse constantly blows, you either have a short in your wireing for that components circuit or the component itself is faulty. Inspect the wiring harnesses for each taillamp assembly and ensure no wires are damaged or loose. Also inspect wiring at the fuse box.

May 23, 2009 | 1996 Nissan Maxima

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