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Old 02-26-2010, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok i have had a problem with a fuze blowing linked to my lights. i limped home by replacing the 25w fuze with a 30. problem i turned off my lights removed the key and my dashboard light remains on. along with my clock light hazard light. lighter light. rear number plate lights. tried to lock the car and my central locking didnt work either please someone help me. i cant find a blown fuze in my fuze box under bonnet. is there somewhere else i should look. ive aprked up and had to remove my pos battery connection to make sure i dont drain battery. i think i have made a big booboo here.
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Has there been any re wiring? My first guess is a hunt for a bad earth/ground.
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Sounds like a shorted out headlight switch, I would try unplugging the switch from behind & see if all the lights on the dash & rear license plate light go out.........


The easiest way to check for a heavy draw, such as a circuit grounded, is to disconnect the negative battery cable, attach a 12 volt test light between the negative battery cable and car body ground, note: you will have to hold down the trunk light button, because the trunk will be open.......the 12 volt test light should only light very dim from parasitic draw, if any.......on the other hand if it lights bright.......you have a grounded circuit......to find it, just start pulling fuses.......



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shorted out headlight switch sounds expensive. can i sort thjis myself??? how do you disconnect it??? also central locking is not working either. is this on a fuze or a relay???? any idea of its location.
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what year and model is your car?
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ok, unplugged the central locking fuse. and everything else is working again.
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Check the wiring harness in the trunk, you will need to cut the plastic sheathing to inspect it properly. There is a known issue with wiring in the harness chafing and shorting out which normally surfaces as the result of central locking issues and bizarre electrical system behaviour.
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