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Re: Electrical help: fuse 4

out of curiosity, did this begin with hitting a bump or pothole, taking down
the instrument lights and a bunch of stuff while you were driving?  check
your dash cigarette lighter--not the wiring or any such thing, just the
lighter itself.  the heater element screws onto the handle--which means it
can also unscrew.  and they do.  then it drops down into the lighter
receptacle, shorting out the hot center to the ground.  BTDT, killed 2 extra
fuses then went to the dealer.  they thought a computer went bad (it showed
bad on the diagnostics), got all set to replace it, then found this lighter

At 08:36 PM 6/26/96 -0500, Andrew Duane USG/PE wrote:
>Well, today my fuse 4 decided to take a vacation. This is the fuse
>that controls the climate control, dome light, vanity mirrors,
>lighter, and apparently the alarm system.  A new fuse blows the
>instant it makes contact, so there's a persistent short somewhere.
>Does anyone with an electrical manual for this car (89 100Q)
>have any thoughts on where I might start debugging this? Is the
>key-switch inside the driver's door a possibility? My now-ex
>mechanic took three tries to fix this recently, and it's possible
>he screwed it up....again.  Is the alarm system itself a possibility?
>Where is the control box for this located?
>Andrew L. Duane (JOT-7)			duane@zk3.dec.com
>Digital Equipment Corporation		(603)-881-1294
>110 Spit Brook Road
>M/S ZKO3-3/U14
>Nashua, NH    03062-2698
>Only my cat shares my opinions, and she's being a pest right now.
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