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Brake lights and dash lights are blowing a a fuse. They work ok for a hour so and then go dark. all other lights are fine.

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  • Ron Davis Dec 30, 2010

    FixYa posted the wrong year on this it is a 2003 Montero Sport. Why should it be drawing too much current when nothing has changed over the last 7 years? This is my daughter's car and I don't have access tonight to her owner's manual. Do you know if the dash lights and the brake lights are on the same circuit? That seems a little strange.

  • Ron Davis Dec 30, 2010

    As I recall the Montero has a fuse box under the dash and under the hood. Do you have info on where the tail light/dash light fuse is located? And it is a 10amp?

  • Ron Davis Dec 30, 2010

    Ok. I will go tomorrow morning and play with the fuses.

  • Ron Davis Dec 31, 2010

    OK I went and checked it out this afternoon. It was the 10amp fuse (2nd slot) that was blown. I replaced it with a 15amp. Things were fine. I replaced the right rear light assembly several months ago. So I pulled it out and checked all the connections. Jiggled wires, etc to see if anything failed. Everything was lit and working fine. I started the car several times, turned on all the lights, hit the breaks, heater, etc. Everything fine. My daughter was driving home from work later, stopped for gas, turned off the car. Turned it back on and the fuse blew again. I just had her put in a 20-amp I left her and the lights are back on. I don't want to put anything bigger than that and risk melting something. It seems to me that something must be shorting intermittently. Any suggestions?

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Hi, you may have a poor ground or you're just drawing too much current through factory wires.You may want to consider running a totally independent wire directly from your battery. 10-12 gauge wiring would be good. But as a temporary fix, you can try replacing the 10amp fuse with a 15 amp fuse. That will allow more current to be drawn through the factory wiring.

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    Tunde Autos Dec 30, 2010

    Yes they are on the same circuit...

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    Tunde Autos Dec 30, 2010

    Yes the fuse box is under the dash under the hood, but i can't say specifically which is the tail/dash light fuse. You can find out by consulting the car manual...

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    Tunde Autos Dec 31, 2010

    Like i said in my first post, you may have a poor ground or you're just drawing too much current through factory wires.You may want to consider running a totally independent wire directly from your battery. You have to check the wiring connections...

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