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Fuse #16 keeps shorting out when I put it in. What is this fuse for?

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  • mtzfamily Sep 13, 2009

    Because the fuse was burnt up

  • mtzfamily Sep 13, 2009

    Because it was burnt up.

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    Ned C Cook May 11, 2010

    How did you know it was bad?

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Imean what gave you cause to look and end up finding it? I'm sorry. The point is, Have you noticed any accessories that don't, or aren't working? If you want, Go to the parts store and pick up an automatic circuit breakerthe same amps as the fuse. The breaker will trip and reset rapidly causing the bad circuit to flash like a flasher. What ampereage is the one that keeps blowing? Is the filament just melted in a small gap or is the filament mostly gone.? It makes a difference.. I'm just trying to give you a hand so you don't have to wait for someone with an owners manueal to happen by. The amps will say alot and pretty much tell what kind of circuit you should be suspecting.. The condition of the fuse will tell us if its a short or overload. There is also a possibility of a fuse box fuse location diagram. Ck the inside of the fuse cover.

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