Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I replace the fuses?

asked by on

How do I replace the fuses?

A: Fuses play a critical role in your car, pro...

Fuses play a critical role in your car, protecting various electronics from the danger of over-powering. Of course, they can and will blow from time to time. When that happens, the system the fuse protects won’t work. The first step is to check that the fuse has failed and if it has, you need to replace it. Just follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the ignition and all electronics.

  2. Locate the fuse (there are three fuse boxes on your car – check each to find the fuse controlling the electronics in question).

  3. If you need to change a large fuse, you’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver.

  4. If you need to change a small blade fuse, use the fuse puller located under the lid of the under-dash fuse box.

  5. Always replace fuses with one of the same rating (or lower). There are spare fuses attached to the underside of the lid on the under-hood fuse box.

  6. If replacing the fuse does not fix the problem, there’s an issue with your wiring or another electronic component.

Tips

  • If replacing a blown fuse with a lower rated one, there’s a chance it will blow again. This is normal.

  • Makes sure you check all fuses and replace any that have blown even if they don’t operate the system in question.

  • If you replace the blown fuse with one rated the same and it blows again, it’s a sign that you need repair work.

  • Pages 404 through 406 of your owner’s manual contain fuse location information.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Sometimes, the lower gears are slow to shift (high RPM) when starting to drive from being stopped or almost stop 2012 Ford Escape

Hi there, The "slow shift" symptoms you are experiencing may be caused by a malfunctioning transmission internal speed sensor, or by a failing throttle position sensor (which communicates with the transmission controller). Either of these could cause the symptoms you...

Q: Anti-theft system in 2005 Honda Accord not turning off

Hi there. I have seen a lot of issues with the anti-theft system on this vehicle. I always try a spare key first, as a worn out key will cause this. If the new key does not work, then the...

Q: How do I use the air conditioner?

When it’s hot outside, you want to be cool and comfortable in your Accord. The air conditioner is designed to do just that. Using it is easy – just follow these steps: Turn on the air conditioner by pressing...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...