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The fuse in the red wire that connects to the battery blows everytime i connect the negative and positive up 2 my battery. it blows when i dont even have the red chord hooked up 2 the amp. whats the problem

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There must be a short. hook the power amp up to a power supply or another battery,fused of course...if it works,it is ok.
then the problem is in the car
high power amplifiers should be run off a secondary battery.
a 480 watt amplifier will pull 40 amps of current. enough to run 8 headlights.the real problem is surge currents,which the spikes can damage the alternator/regulator.these can top 100 amps.
some high end installs use a second alternator and battery.

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Hello super11dt,

Sounds like the power and ground wire are shorting. Check the power wire with a multimeter. Sometimes, the insulation gets rubbed off and it contacts the vehicle metal causing a short. The solution is to pull a new wire and install a grommet or bushing wherever it goes through the firewall.

Actually, the negative (ground) wire should not be run to the battery at all. It should be secured to the metal of the vehicle as close to the amp as you can get, preferably within about 3 feet.

Hope this helps.

Posted on May 13, 2009


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