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Old 06-13-2011, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Windows and sunroof will not work for more than 5 minutes

I have an issue with my windows and possibly lights. I replaced the brake light bulb and after that the windows would not work. Typical right? So I checked the fuse and found that #6 is blown. So I replace it and then everything works. Five minutes later, the windows and roof wont work and fuse is blown. Meanwhile the lights are working the whole time. In all my experience a short would blow a fuse immediately not eventually. What can i do to stop this? I really dont want to have to break the multimeter out.
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Correction.....#7 fuse

I thought it was 6 but its 7. The central locking system fuse. WTF?
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Take the brake light bulb out and then replace the fuse. See if the fuse still blows. If it doesnt then the brake light bulb is drawing excessive current. Either its bad or the wrong bulb
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the fix

I remember the previous owner telling me he had issues with the trunk lock solenoid. So for some reason I thought to unplug it and replace fuse. So I did and now the fuse doesn't blow or anything. Yaaay.
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