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I have a 2001 Ford Escape and recently it has been blowing both the break light and hazard/flashers fuses. It started with the break light fuse leaving me stranded in a drive through for an hour because I could not get the car out of park (I've since learned about the manual override for the interlock solenoid). We figured out the problem and put in a new fuse that blew immediately, and then we put in another and it got me home. It worked for a few days, but then on my way home one night I noticed my turn signals weren't working and I didn't have break lights either. Luckily I got home safely that night, but I've been afraid to take the car out since. My dad has played around with the wires a lot and sometimes it will go a few days with out blowing again. At one point the park interlock solenoid stopped working but the fuse didn't blow. Now it's working again and only blowing fuses every now and then. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to blowing the fuses. The hazard fuse seems to blow when the right signal or the hazard flashers are turned on, but not every time. Everything works when the blown fuses are replaced most of the time. Sometimes it blows the new ones immediately other times it takes a few days. Any advice or information on how to fix this problem. Any information would be gratefully appreciated. We've talked to Ford and they don't know what it's doing.

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  • ohio_writer_ Dec 09, 2009

    We know there is a short somewhere. We've tried unpluging things and such trying to figure out where the problem is. We were wondering if this was a common problem with a rely or something. It confuses us that it works sometimes and others not.

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There is a shorted wire in somewhere in the circuit. The problem is where. You can use an ohmmeter and trace all your wiring or use a voltmeter and find a light socket that doesn't measure up to the rest or has inconsistent voltage readings. Make sure the fuse is not smaller than the origional

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    Nate Stansfield Dec 09, 2009

    There is a shorted wire in somewhere in the circuit. The problem is where. You can use an ohmmeter and trace all your wiring or use a voltmeter and find a light socket that doesn't measure up to the rest or has inconsistent voltage readings. Make sure the fuse is not smaller than the origional

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Dec 09, 2009

    No known causes or reports of this in general.
    I would start with the relay. Wiggle wires from here to see if there is a short or outage in the continuity of the power. Make sure bulb sockets are not corroded or rusty causing the short. Check that all wire connectors are securely intact and tight.


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