Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: No parking light bulbs, the good fuses blew. Removed all of the parking bulbs and replaced the fuses. The fuse didn't blow till a bulb is plugged in.

asked by on

Disconnected rear lights harness fuse still blows so rear isn't the issue

My car has 2020000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Hello. You likely have a short somewhere in...

Hello. You likely have a short somewhere in the circuit. This may be related to other light circuits, a terminal or connection, or by a damaged wire. You can start by performing a visual inspection. A rule of thumb is all wires must be clean, dry, and tight. Not only should you trace (possibly requiring a wiring diagram) the parking light circuit, but you should trace the other circuits around it. A short can be caused by a wire touching metal, or by it touching another wire. A short like this will most likely be after the fuse box. As issues like this can be hard to pinpoint, consider having the issue looked at by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, who can diagnose the electrical issue firsthand and help you fix it accordingly.

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: Changed my headgasket and radiator on my 98 subaru legacy outback and my car starts overheating on long trips until heat is on 4

The most common causes of overheating include low coolant level, a faulty thermostat, a plugged radiator, a faulty radiator pressure cap, collapsed hoses, non functioning cooling fans, and a faulty water pump or drive belt. Certain engine faults, such as...

Q: I cannot find the torque specific to add a strut bar in foot pounds

The "correct" amount of torque applied to a fastener depends on many factors including the desired clamp load, the strength of the bolts you are using and the condition of the bolt threads including the type of plating thereon and...

Q: My back driver side park light does not work on my 2003 Cadillac Escalade

Hi there. Typically if it is just that one light that is acting up it is usually fairly simple. It can be as simple as a light bulb or it can be a problem with the circuit. I have also...

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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.