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Use of Fuses in Equipment for Safety

Never bypass a fuse. Replace it with the same rating of fuse. Do not use a wire to replace the fuse. Fuses are used for the protection of the equipment & safety of the user. Doing anything against these rules means your equipment will have more damage & may catch fire.

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My 1996--windshield wipers,radio,cruise control and power windows. Dont work Is there a fuse that control all these that function ?


Fuse Block and Convenience Center

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See Figures 1 through 5
For 1988-93 models, refer to the wiring diagrams for fuse application and amperage ratings.
Fuses protect all the major electrical systems in the car. In case of an electrical overload, the fuse melts, breaking the circuit and stopping the flow of electricity.
The fuse block on most models covered by this section is located under the instrument panel to the left of the steering column. The fuse block should be visible from underneath the steering column, near the pedal bracket.


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Fig. Fig. 1: Some models may use an underhood fuse/relay panel
If the panel is not visible, check for a removable compartment door or trim panel which may used on later models to hide the block. This panel is usually located on the left end of the instrument panel.
The convenience center is located just below the instrument panel on the drivers side. It contains individual relays such as the seat belt and ignition key alarm, and flasher.
On newer model vehicles there is an underhood fuse/relay center contains both mini and maxi fuses, as well as some relays.
If a fuse blows, the cause should be investigated and corrected before the installation of a new fuse. This, however, is easier to say than to do. Because each fuse protects a limited number of components, your job is narrowed down somewhat. Begin your investigation by looking for obvious fraying, loose connections, breaks in insulation, etc. Use the techniques outlined at the beginning of this section. Electrical problems are almost always a real headache to solve, but if you are patient and persistent, and approach the problem logically (that is, don't start replacing electrical components randomly), you will eventually find the solution.
Each fuse block uses miniature fuses (normally plug-in blade terminal-type for these vehicles) which are designed for increased circuit protection and greater reliability. The compact plug-in or blade terminal design allows for fingertip removal and replacement.
Although most fuses are interchangeable in size, the amperage values are not. Should you install a fuse with too high a value, damaging current could be allowed to destroy the component you were attempting to protect by using a fuse in the first place. The plug-in type fuses have a volt number molded on them and are color coded for easy identification. Be sure to only replace a fuse with the proper amperage rated substitute.


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Fig. Fig. 2: Fuse panel cover-1991 model shown


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Fig. Fig. 3: The fuse panel cover is located at the drivers side of the instrument panel. Remove the panel to access the fuses-1996-98 models shown


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Fig. Fig. 4: Fuse application and amperage ratings-1994-98 models. Refer to the wiring diagrams for 1988-93 models


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Fig. Fig. 5: Underhood fuse/relay panel applications and ratings
A blown fuse can easily be checked by visual inspection or by continuity checking.
A special heavy duty turn signal flasher is required to properly operate the turn signals when a trailer's lights are connected to the system.


REPLACEMENT

  1. Locate the fuse for the circuit in question.

When replacing the fuse, DO NOT use one with a higher amperage rating.
  1. Check the fuse by pulling it from the fuse block and observing the element. If it is broken, install a replacement fuse the same amperage rating. If the fuse blows again, check the circuit for a short to ground or faulty device in the circuit protected by the fuse.
  2. Continuity can also be checked with the fuse installed in the fuse block with the use of a test light connected across the 2 test points on the end of the fuse. If the test light lights, replace the fuse. Check the circuit for a short to ground or faulty device in the circuit protected by the fuse.

Mar 11, 2013 | 1996 GMC Yukon

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fuse panel diagram


Fuses

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REPLACEMENT

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7


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Fig. Fig. 1: The power distribution box in the engine compartment contains fuses and relays


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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the cover for the interior fuse panel


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Fig. Fig. 3: A fuse puller tool is located inside the fuse panel to aid in the removal of the fuses


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Fig. Fig. 4: Grasp the fuses with the puller and pull straight out to remove the fuses


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Fig. Fig. 5: There are generally four types of fuses used in these vehicles


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Fig. Fig. 6: Fuse current rating and color code chart


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Fig. Fig. 7: Visual examination will reveal a blown fuse, but it should not be replaced until repairs are made
Fuses protect all the major electrical systems in the car. In case of an electrical overload, the fuse melts, breaking the circuit and stopping the flow of electricity.
If a fuse blows, the cause should be investigated and corrected before the installation of a new fuse. This, however, is easier to say than to do. Because each fuse protects a limited number of components, your job is narrowed down somewhat. Begin your investigation by looking for obvious fraying, loose connections, breaks in insulation, etc. Use the techniques outlined at the beginning of this section. Electrical problems are almost always a real headache to solve, but if you are patient and persistent, and approach the problem logically (that is, don't start replacing electrical components randomly), you will eventually find the solution.
Each fuse block uses miniature fuses (normally plug-in blade terminal-type for these vehicles) which are designed for increased circuit protection and greater reliability. The compact plug-in or blade terminal design allows for fingertip removal and replacement.
Although most fuses are interchangeable in size, the amperage values are not. Should you install a fuse with too high a value, damaging current could be allowed to destroy the component you were attempting to protect by using a fuse in the first place. The plug-in type fuses have a volt number molded on them and are color coded for easy identification. Be sure to only replace a fuse with the proper amperage rated substitute.
A blown fuse can easily be checked by visual inspection or by continuity checking.
The fuse block is located on the lower left side of the instrument panel. To access the fuse panel, open the driver's side door. Pull off the fuse panel cover to get to the fuses. Spare fuses and a fuse puller should always be kept here. Various convenience connectors, which snap-lock into the fuse block, add to the serviceability of this unit.


REPLACEMENT

  1. Locate the fuse for the circuit in question.

When replacing the fuse, always use a replacement fuse of the same amperage value. NEVER use one with a higher amperage rating.
  1. Check the fuse by pulling it from the fuse block and observing the element. If it is broken, install a replacement fuse the same amperage rating. If the fuse blows again, check the circuit for a short to ground or faulty device in the circuit protected by the fuse.
  2. Continuity can also be checked with the fuse installed in the fuse block with the use of a test light connected across the 2 test points on the end of the fuse. If the test light lights, replace the fuse. Check the circuit for a short to ground or faulty device in the circuit protected by the fuse

Aug 10, 2012 | 2000 Pontiac Sunfire

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96 buick century - lights/brake lights/dome lights, etc not working. have tried replacing several fuses and a circuit breaker in fuse box in glove compartment. is there another fuse box under the hood? what else should i try?


Check fusible links coming off of the starter, with the battery disconnected.

Pull on the various colored wires that have a barrel of foam on them about 1/2" to 2/3" long that indicated that the wire is a fusible link.

If a fusible link stretches, the inside of it is blown. Many circuits can be controlled by the fusible links.
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REPLACEMENT

Fuses protect all the major electrical systems in the car. In case of an
electrical overload, the fuse melts, breaking the circuit and stopping the flow
of electricity.
If a fuse blows, the cause should be investigated and corrected before the
installation of a new fuse. This, however, is easier to say than to do. Because
each fuse protects a limited number of components, your job is narrowed down
somewhat.





Fig. 1: Fuses come in different colors which indicate different
amperage ratings
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The amperage of each fuse and the circuit it protects are marked on the fuse
box, which is located under the left side (driver's side) of the instrument
panel and pulls down for easy access. To replace a fuse, simply pull it from the
panel. Insert a new (same amp rating) fuse in its place.

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Nov 03, 2010 | 1996 Buick Century

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dashboard lights dont work


Try to adjust the dashboard dimmer switch.

or check for fuses:
CIRCUIT PROTECTION Fuses REPLACEMENT Fig. 1: The power distribution box in the engine compartment contains fuses and relays 91146p01.jpg
Fig. 2: Remove the cover from the interior fuse panel (located on the far left of the instrument panel) 91146p66.jpg
Fig. 3: A fuse puller tool is located inside the fuse panel to aid in the removal of the fuses 91146p67.jpg
Fig. 4: Grasp the fuses with the puller and pull straight out to remove the fuses 91146p68.jpg
Fig. 5: There are generally four types of fuses used in these vehicles 88256g69.gif
Fig. 6: Fuse current rating and color code chart 88256g70.gif
Fig. 7: Visual examination will reveal a blown fuse, but it should not be replaced until repairs are made 87956094.gif
Fuses protect all the major electrical systems in the car. In case of an electrical overload, the fuse melts, breaking the circuit and stopping the flow of electricity. If a fuse blows, the cause should be investigated and corrected before the installation of a new fuse. This, however, is said than done. Because each fuse protects a limited number of components, your job is narrowed down somewhat. Begin your investigation by looking for obvious fraying, loose connections, breaks in insulation, etc. Use the techniques outlined at the beginning of this section. Electrical problems are almost always a real headache to solve, but if you are patient and persistent, and approach the problem logically (that is, don't start replacing electrical components randomly), you will eventually find the solution. Each fuse block uses miniature fuses (normally plug-in blade terminal-type for these vehicles) which are designed for increased circuit protection and greater reliability. The compact plug-in or blade terminal design allows for fingertip removal and replacement. Although most fuses are interchangeable in size, the amperage values are not. Should you install a fuse with too high a value, damaging current could be allowed to destroy the component you were attempting to protect by using a fuse in the first place. The plug-in type fuses have a volt number molded on them and are color coded for easy identification. Be sure to only replace a fuse with the proper amperage rated substitute. A blown fuse can easily be checked by visual inspection or by continuity checking. The fuse block is located on the lower left side of the instrument panel. To access the fuse panel, open the driver's side door. Pull off the fuse panel cover to get to the fuses. Spare fuses and a fuse puller should always be kept here. Various convenience connectors, which snap-lock into the fuse block, add to the serviceability of this unit.
  1. Locate the fuse for the circuit in question. NOTE: When replacing the fuse, always use a replacement fuse of the same amperage value. NEVER use one with a higher amperage rating.
  2. Check the fuse by pulling it from the fuse block and observing the element. If it is broken, install a replacement fuse the same amperage rating. If the fuse blows again, check the circuit for a short to ground or faulty device in the circuit protected by the fuse.
  3. Continuity can also be checked with the fuse installed in the fuse block with the use of a test light connected across the 2 test points on the end of the fuse. If the test light lights, replace the fuse. Check the circuit for a short to ground or faulty device in the circuit protected by the fuse.
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Sep 18, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet Malibu

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Battery drawing down. Have a short but can not find. Pulled all fuses and didnt stop


There's a short in the wiring of the car that bypasses the circuit protection fuses.

Aug 11, 2010 | 2000 Ford Windstar

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