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I hooked up a pair off road lights to my factory wiring harness driving lights. Now i don't have any parking or headlights, I heard something sizzle sound under the hood then smelled burnt electrical. Is there an inline fuse in the wire that may have blown? I checked the fuse box and everything looks okay there.

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Hi, right you`ve over loaded the sytem and pulled to many amps through the wiring and the relay, first you need to disconnect the battery and then the after market lamps,properly insulating the joints you made.now you need to trace the wiring back through the wiring loom to the fuse box or relay box to make sure it isn`t melted together shorting to other circuits and re-insulate /replace any melted wires,when you have done this find the relay that controls the headlights under the bonnet/hood,just because things look ok in the fuse box doesn`t mean any thing, you need to pull the relay out and smell it ,does it smell burnt?if so replace it,now carefully remove the relay mounting plug and check the wiring and connectors underneath are they melted if so replace/repair as needed then you need to test the circuits,do you have ignition switched live? do you have earth and so on repair as required,when you have repaired the original wiring and everything works ok ,now you can wire in your after market with an additional wiring loom you either make or buy which will have a seperate supply to a seperate relay to power the new lamps the wire in the original circuit is used only to switch the new lamps on via the new relay not causing any damage,if you not sure or a competent electrician my best advice is to call an expert auto electrician who will do the repair for you,there is no quick fix or short cuts as these lead to damage on other systems and potentially a fire hazard good luck,
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