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Old 11-25-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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2001 Focus blew a fuse and now major electrical issues

Hello all,
So my buddy tried to run a hot wire into his fuse panel( the horn fuse 20amps) the wire melted and obviously got hot. When we turned on the car there was no instrument illumination but all the dummy lights lit up like normal. No daytime running lights, head or tail, however high beams work. Radio had no power, when you turn the lights on manually nothing happens. No brake lights, and the reading lamps don't work either. Cigarette lighter also doesn't work. No fuses are blown in the driver's panel or underneath the hood. At least the ones that you can visually inspect. We are both Army and are trying to fix this before the four day break for Turkey day. Any info out advice would help a lot. Thanks in advance.


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Old 11-26-2013, 01:07 AM   #2
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Ahead of the 20amp cigar lighter fuse, there is a 40amp fuse (listed as #7) near the battery box. That feeds the entire fusebox behind the dashboard and all the circuits you say are dead.

Figure out where you still have +volts on the fuseboxe(s), then we can backtrack the power distribution from there.
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Ok I'll look into that today, I have a tester so I'll start there and hopefully that is all that is, thank you for that quick response
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And tell your buddy to never touch a wire again. The wire got hot and melted because there was no fuse to protect it. One end was grounded and other was to the battery +.
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Assuming wire got run, when it melted whatever other wiring it was in contact with or lying alongside of could easily be damaged now, until you find and fix the hot spots where other wires could've melted together you may possibly still have issues......................sometimes not though, luck of the draw there.

Hoping you guys don't work on tanks or choppers...............LOL
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