Changing a Blown Fuse in Your Car is as Easy as 1, 2, 3

February 14th, 2013 by

Sometimes you might find that your car is acting funny. It’s not broken, it still runs, it’s just acting funny. Maybe the backup lights have quit on you (even though you just replaced them with brand new ones) or the radio simply won’t turn on. Don’t panic. This isn’t something you need to bring to an auto body repair shop. There’s a very good chance you just blew a fuse, and our service experts here at Cox Mazda in Bradenton are going to tell you how to fix it right here!

How to Fix a Blown Fuse

All cars, trucks, and vans have fuse boxes, and the manufacturers tend to put them in places that are relatively easy to access. Oftentimes they are a small box under the dash right near the brake pedal. You may have seen it before, but it’s likely you haven’t, as you’d need to get on your hands and knees and look up above the pedals. If you’re having trouble finding it, just consult the manual that came with your car. There should be a whole section to help you locate and replace fuses.

Depending on the age and brand of your car, it might have a cover or it might not. When the fuses are exposed, it’s as easy as just popping them out of the box with pliers or tweezers. Your car’s manual should have a diagram outlining what fuses correspond to which functions on the car, like the dome lights. Then you’ll want to examine it to determine whether or not it’s blown: you should be able to see something like a light bulb’s filament in the middle. If it’s severed, then it’s blown and needs to be replaced.

It’s then a matter of just popping a new fuse in its place. It couldn’t be simpler: just push it into its slot like you’d install a AA battery into your remote. Many cars come with a supply of brand new fuses stocked away somewhere, but if yours are misplaced or if you ran out, make sure to stop by your local Tampa Bay area service center to pinpoint the right ones for the job. You need to find fuses with the correct amperage for the car. One that’s rated too low can blow too often, and one that’s rated too high may not blow at all, even when it needs to in order to protect the instruments in the car.

Don’t think that fixing your car is limited to the mechanics. Simple education about basic car functions can help you save a bunch of headaches while driving around the Sunshine State.