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My radio would not turn on yesterday. I have checked the fuse and fuse connections. The fuse was black, so I put a new one in. The fuse connections were good. The connections to the battery are good, the wire from the radio to the battery are new. I pulled it out and hooked it up to three other fully charged batteries and it will not work. Serial number is #34028419.

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The black fuse means it blew from a fast, heavy short circuit instead of an overload of some sort. The high current vaporizes the wire inside and coats the glass, giving it the black look. In an overload, the fuse link melts.

A common cause is failure of the reverse-polarity diode in the radio. It's there to cause the fuse to blow if you get the battery connections backwards when hooking up the radio. The diode can short, and this will cause the blown fuse. If you check the fuse and find it's black again, you should check the diode with an ohmmeter. Look for the diode near where the battery lead connects to the circuit board in the radio.

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