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1997 Crown Vic blows radio fuses

Couple of days ago I lost power to the radio, the clock and the dome light in my 1997 Crown Vic. All factory, nothing added. Replaced the radio fuse (I think #11 - 15A) and it immediately blew out again. Anyone know of any common problem causing this before I have to start the long task of tracking down a short? Any help would be appreciated.

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  • cartouble Jul 10, 2008

    Hey yea i have the same problem I have a 96 crown vic with an after market radio installed. The radio has been fine since i got it about 4 years ago. The clock and radio and dome and side door lights went out... i replaced the fuse... i think it was #8 and it worked fine for a couple of days then blew out again. So i replaced it one more time after taking a quick look for a short and a couple of days later it blew again.



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Try checking all the grounds for the radio, over time they can weeken. If that doesn't work, put in a new ground wire with a heavier gauge, that should fix it. It sounds like a ground problem.

Good luck, Daniel

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