A fact of vehicle ownership is that usually, at some point, a fuse will blow in your vehicle, but don’t fret. It is not as bad as you may think. Fuses tend to be a relatively quick and easy fix. They’re pretty inexpensive too. With a few simple tips, you can fix this issue yourself and get back on the road.

First, you will want to consult your owner’s manual in order to locate the fuse box in your vehicle. Most are usually located on the driver’s side of the dashboard or underneath the steering wheel. Sometimes, they are also found in the front dash door jambs or in the glove box.

There are generally two types of fuses for vehicles. Older vehicles will have glass, cylinder-shaped fuses with stainless steel on the ends and glass in the middle. Most newer cars have fuses that use plastic housing with the fusible link encased in the housing. This information will be important when you are ready to obtain replacement fuses.

Once you have new fuses and have found where your fuse panel is located, you are ready to remove the cover and begin working to replace the damaged fuse. When you remove the panel cover, you will see several different color-coded fuses. These colors, with the numbers stamped on the fuses, indicate different amperage ratings. Turning over the fuse panel cover should reveal a helpful fuse diagram that will show you which fuses work with which electrical components.

Next you will begin trying to locate the faulty fuse by looking for a fuse with a broken filament, which is the think strip of metal inside the fuse, or for a fuse that is black inside. Some vehicles are equipped with specialized “pullers” to remove fuses, but tweezers or a pair of needle-nose pliers also work well. Carefully begin removing fuses to see which are damaged. Note that if none of your fuses seem to be blown, you may be experiencing a larger electrical issue and your vehicle may need the attention of an automotive professional.

Once you locate the blown fuse, you will replace the fuse with a new fuse of the same amperage. Be careful. Using the wrong amperage could lead to more serious issues. Use your vehicle’s owner’s manual, the fuse panel diagram, and the numbered and color-coded fuses themselves to ensure you are using the correct amperages.

Once the fuse is replaced and you have recovered your panel, it is important to turn the vehicle’s ignition and check to see if the problem circuit is functioning properly. If this is not the case, or if the new fuse only works for a brief period of time before needing to be replaced again, you are probably experiencing a larger electrical problem and should seek the assistance of an automotive professional.

If you need any help replacing a fuse or notice that you have an electrical issue, Car Pros Kia in Tacoma, WA is here to help. Come by our service department or give us a call.

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