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1997 ford expedition the fuse for the gauge blowing when I turn on the key switch what cause that

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A short in the gauge or the wiring ! If your not up on automotive electrical systems I'd take it to someone who is ! You a need wiring diagram, a volt ohm meter , and a component location diagram. Trace the wire from the fuse threw connectors and anywhere that is easy to access with the ohm meter till you find the short to ground !

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Impossible to tell without knowing what fuse number is blowing, along with some basic electrical troubleshooting.
Common suspects include:
altered factory stereo
Aftermarket alarm system
chafed wiring
defective instrument lamp
defective instrument panel

Posted on Dec 06, 2014

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