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I have a 2000 Mercury Sable wagon the air conditioner, radio antenna,dash lights and windows do not work. all went out at the same time. what is the problem? could it be a fuse or breaker?

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Those are all different circuits, all unrelated, so it definitely is not a circuit breaker which is common to stand-alone circuits, like the power windows which does use a circuit breaker.
I believe it could be a maxi-fuse, one of those large fuses underneath the hood, which act as power distributors going out to many individual circuits. Your ignition switch has one or two of these maxi-fuses that distribute power through the ignition switch. And I believe there may be a maxi-fuse that sends power to the fuse panel.
So check all your fuses under the hood. Pay particular attention to the maxi-fuses. Beyond that, I don't know. A voltmeter or test light would be helpful to check for power at the fuse panel where all the fuses for your inoperable systems are located. With key in the ON position, all the fuses in your fuse panel should have power going to them. The fuse panel is where the fuses for those systems are located, including the circuit breaker for the power windows.

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  • montehammons Apr 28, 2017

    The fuse panel would be the one under the driver's side dash. Also, I don't know, but your car may have some fusible links, which were used extensively before the advent of maxi-fuses. These links were also power distributors to various systems. They act just like fuses, and blow out if subjected to unsafe power surges, like common shorts would cause. Fusible links are located somewhere with the positive battery cable. One common location is where the positive cable attaches to the starter motor-you may have several extra connectors attached there, and those would be fusible links. If your maxi-fuses are all good, check if your car has any fusible links.

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    Tim Pace Apr 28, 2017

    All the MAX Fuses are ok. Will check for fusible links. Thanks!

  • montehammons Apr 28, 2017

    Okay. Next step would be to use a test light and check for power at the fuses for the inoperable systems, with the key in ON. You also may have to start checking ground points-some of those systems may share a common ground. Good luck.

  • Tim Pace
    Tim Pace Apr 28, 2017

    Thanks for y!our help!

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