Have your car's turn signals stopped working? Did your rear backup lights go out suddenly? Does your car's sound system no longer turn on? Before you go out and replace any of these items, it may actually be fixed by replacing a very inexpensive part all on your own. An electrical component of your car failing can be from a fuse that has blown, and fixing it is simple.
Locate Your Fuse Box
Get out your vehicle's user manual to assist with finding the fuse boxes' location. It is typically found near the car's pedals underneath the dashboard, and hidden with a removable plastic cover. You may need a screwdriver to remove this cover.
Once your fuse box is exposed, you'll need the help of the user manual to determine the exact fuse that corresponds with the electrical system that is malfunctioning. There should be a list of features that are associated with each fuse on the grid.
Remove And Inspect The Blown Fuse
You should carefully remove the fuse once you have identified it. This task may require pliers or tweezers to remove the fuse, but it can be done using just your hands if you can get enough force on the tiny section of the fuse that is sticking out to pull it out.
Once the fuse is removed, look at it to determine if it's still working. There will be a metal link inside the glass casing. If it is broken, you'll need to replace the fuse. If it's still intact, then your fuse is not broken at all. You could have a more complicated electrical problem to deal with, which will require taking your vehicle to an auto shop to investigate.
Replace The Fuse
Blown fuses will need replacement. There may be a spare fuse located on the back of the fuse box panel. If not, you'll have to buy a replacement. Take the fuse to a local auto parts store so that you can match it with a new one. The key thing to look for is the amperage rating. Putting in a new fuse with an improper amperage can cause damage to your car's electrical system.
The brand new fuse can be clicked back into your fuse box, which should fix the part of your car that wasn't working. Put the fuse box cover back on, start up your car, and you will be good to go.
To learn more, contact an auto repair shop like Alaska Professional Auto.