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One of the fuses got hot and burnt/broke off and i cant put another fuse in what do i do its a 2002 oldsmobile intrigue final 500 series 3.5 v6
It is bad news - vehicle fuses are slow blow types and in the case of blade type fuses and the ceramic bullet fuses they blow at about double their rating and that means the circuit can be consuming an amount of current that is theoretically an overload for a considerable time before there is trouble and by then it is usually too late - the plastic is melted and brittle and the contacts have welded themselves together.
It isn't always an overload - we had a lot of trouble in the early days of heated rear screens when drivers would switch them on and simply leave them on even though the mist or ice had cleared miles before, unfortunately the fuses and holders simply couldn't take that load indefinitely and once the terminals had become dirty they simply heated up a whole lot quicker...
It is clear that section of the fusebox is useless. The only way a satisfactory repair can be done is by accessing the rear of the fusebox and either swapping the wires from the melted section to a spare section if there is one (it might be necessary to buy some special terminals) or you could fit an inline fuseholder ensuring the wires are extended enough to replace the fuse if necessary.
on Nov 18, 2020
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