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How to Buy a Good Quality Fuse

Good Quality Fuse

Fuses can be the heart of the vehicle’s power center, keeping everything running correctly by routing electrical power where it belongs. The power center is a vast improvement over the random locations of fuses and relays in vehicles that were built pre-1980s, and are now grouped together logically and identified, making them much easier to replace than in the past.

A separate fuse panel makes finding just the right fuse that has burned out even easier. You may locate the fuse panel either around a side kick panel or under the instrument panel – and these fuses support everything from windows, power outlets, power seats, interior lights, to the horn, and more.

Fuses protect circuits from dangerous overloads that might either start a fire or damage delicate electrical components. These fuses are the first line of defense and while simple and inexpensive, are a serious safety method to keep you going on the road. Fuses come in two main sizes: mini-fuses and maxi-fuses.

Things to keep in mind when buying a good quality fuse include:

  • Size: Mini-fuses handle circuits up to 30 amps, while maxi-fuses can load as high as 120 amps; with the number on the fuse showing you the maximum rating for that particular fuse.

  • Circuit off: A blown fuse is very obvious from a visual inspection as you’ll see a broken wire inside the fuse, or for older in-line fuses you’ll see a broken filament. If you’re going to replace a fuse, always be sure that the circuit is turned off or you risk a fire or damage to your vehicle.

  • Fuse rating: There are 15 different fuse ratings, from a 2A up to an 80A for each different type of fuse.

  • Fuse color: There are colors associated with the ratings and different colors indicate different things based on the type of fuse you’re looking at. A 20A fuse is yellow for mini, standard, and maxi fuses, but a fuse link cartridge is yellow if it’s a 60A. This means you have to be extra careful to get not only the color but also the rating that you need.

Replacing fuses is a simple and straightforward task once you have determined that you need a new one.

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