I'm looking for viable solutions to narrow down why my #8 fuse in the distribution box under the hood blows when I hit the starter. I tried to start my 2002 ZTS after driving over 75 miles yesterday and the second I hit the starter all electrical on the dash went dead. The horn, parking lights and power locks all worked so I knew it wasn't the battery. I found the ignition fues (30A) blown and replaced it. When I turned the key to "ON" all the dash lights were normal until I hit the "start" which blew the new fuse. The strange twist is the radio/CD player will work with or without the key in the switch which it never did before. Does anyone know if this is an ignition switch issue, starter relay short or in the starter itself and how do I narrow down the options? I'd appreciate any knowledgeable advise. My Focus has 176K and until yesterday has been very dependable. Thanks.