Save Money by Replacing a Fuse in Your Car
If you’ve had electrical problems with your car, you know how frustrating it can be. A vehicle’s electrical system, after all, is something that most drivers never consider — but when your wipers stop functioning or the blowers for your heater and air conditioner stop working, this forces your attention to the problem. While it could be any number of things that could cause the issue, if something stops working very suddenly, it’s likely a blown fuse. That is an issue that you can easily handle on your own.
Fuses: What They Do and How to Replace Them
It’s surprisingly simple. To operate, any electric components in your vehicle need a complete circuit. The fuses in your vehicle serve to complete the circuit, but with a catch; the wire in a fuse is designed to break when too much power comes through, which in turn prevents more expensive damage to your vehicle’s electrical systems. When this happens, though, you’ll have to replace the fuse to use the applicable electrical component again.
The good news, even for those who are intimidated by performing any sort of maintenance on their vehicle, is the fact that fuses in modern vehicles are both color-coded and number-coded, making finding and installing a replacement easy. Consult your owner’s manual to locate the fuse block — aptly named, as all of your vehicle’s fuses will be in this location. In most vehicles, it’s located under the dash or in the engine compartment.
And replacing a fuse is easy, too. Simply remove the cover on the fuse block, remove the offending fuse with a pair of fuse pliers — though even a pair of needle-nose pliers will work — and plug in the new fuse. Your owner’s manual will typically have a guide to which fuses apply to which system, making things even easier.
When to See a Mechanic
While fuses can be replaced on your own, saving you a great deal of money in the process, there is one thing to watch out for. Namely, if your new fuse breaks in relatively short order, it may be a sign of a larger issue that may demand the attention of a service technician. Keep this in mind, and keep consulting the Honest Car Dealer for more tips!
September 23, 2012 by Jamie Rettig