Be with us for a minute and tell us if this sounds familiar. It’s a bright sunny day, you in a parking lot and your favourite four wheel sweetheart just disapprove your theory of half-self-start and goes far to the extent in believing no-self-start. Damn! Or your expensive infotainment system you bought last week won’t play your jam or even the silly turn signals won’t blink. Chances are either it’s a result of a blown fuse or your car needs a hell lot of work. Let’s just hope it’s the first one, because after reading this article, you will atleast be able to fix the blown fuse. Bazinga ! (Ya! Ya!, Iam Cooper Fan). Read along.
Firstly, trust that little mechanic in you. You alone can fix the blown fuse by replacing with the new one. Changing a fuse in your car is similar to changing one at home. Let’s go step by step.
- Locate your car’s fuse panel: You might need to check the owner’s manual, but they can usually be found under the steering wheel, right above the knee or in the engine bay area.
- Take off the fuse panel’s cover: Inside you’ll see a range of colors and numbers that denote different amperages while a diagram (usually on the reverse of the cover) will show what each fuse powers in your car.
3. Locate the blown fuse: The inside will usually be black or the metal filament might be broken. If it’s dark, you might want a flashlight to make this a quicker job.
4. Remove the broken fuse: You can use a variety of tools (or skip the tools and use your hands) to extract the blown fuse, the important point is to use care. Fuses can break easily and a broken fuse is a lot harder to get out than a fully intact one.
5. Insert a replacement fuse of the correct amperage: Make note of the fuse panel and your owner’s manual on this one. Using a fuse of the incorrect amperage can cause serious electrical problems.
6. Keep a few extra fuses of various amperages in your glove box: In a jam, you can always take a fuse away from a lesser used function of the same amperage and use it for something more pressing, but this is just a temporary fix. For example, if the fuse for your power windows is blown and there’s no rain in the forecast pull the working fuse that’s allocated for your rear windshield wiper and use it for power windows. Just double check that the amperages for each are the same.
7. Start the ignition to check if your handiwork has paid off.
8. If the same fuse blows soon after you replaced it or doesn’t work at all, it might be time for a trip to the real mechanic or authorised service station.