Car Fuses and Wiring
Car fuses are installed to protect a car’s wiring. The car’s wiring distributes power from the battery to the different devices in the car. It also transmits analog and digital signals from switches and sensors.
How do you find out what the fuse configuration is on the fuse block on a Ford Windstar?
Answer There are 2 fuse boxes / fuse panels in nearly every Ford product: one directly above the driver's left foot (when the driver is actually sitting in the driver's seat). The other is inside the engine compartment, on the right side - contains high current fuses. There is extensive coverage of fuses and the circuits each one protects Owners Manual. See "Related Questions" below for sources of free online Owners Manuals for 1996+ Ford & Mercury products. Checking & Changing A Fuse Inside the fusebox cover is a small white plastic tool for pulling fuses out. Inspect the center section of the fuse to determine if it has 'blown' - it will be obvious if the metal strip has melted. Insert a replacement fuse of the same color / amperage protection by simply pressing it into the fuse-slot. Checking a fuse Generally, if a fuse is 'blown' you can tell by looking at the fuse. Look at the wire looking thing in the top on the fuse. It'll look kind of broken or burned or just otherwise messed up. If you're not sure what a good fuse looks like, go to an auto store and look at a new fuse. Then look at your fuses and compare appearances. Getting the engine compartment Power Distribution box cover off There are actually two separate covers. One is for the circuit breakers and one for the fuses. There's a tab in the center that you squeeze together and it pops off. In the cover you'll find spare fuses and a puller. If you still need to get the breaker cover off, there's a tab on the corner marked "lift". With the other cover removed, you can then unsnap the tab and wiggle it out. Answer Go to the dealer service dept and ask them to photocopy the diagram out of their service manual for you. They should do this for you with no problem. Answer If you want an owners manual try MOTORLIT.COM. Answer Under the dash just to the left of the steering column. Underneath the drivers side kick-board / panel underneath the steering column. One fuse box is located under the hood by the battery. Another is under the left side of the dash. Carl Not real sure for this model but I think there is a fuse box by the battery under the hood and another one under the left side of the dash. Carl power fuses are next to battery in a black looking contaner there is a lid that has to be removed. the regular fuses are located underneaath the dashboard on the drivers side above your left foot... if you are sitting in the van there are two fuse boxes, one is in the engine compartmente near de battery, the other one is under de driver side near the steering column. It depends on the fuse. Most of the fuses in use today are small plug-in plastic devices. Simply grab them with needle nose pliers or a fusepuller and pull them straight out. They are color coded as to ampacity. There are two fuse blocks in the Windstar. One is in the engine room by the battery. The other is under the left side of the dash. Enjoy.... Carl you can go to www.alldatadiy.com and you can buy a subscription for a year just for 25 bucks plus they have a lot information about your car, works pretty good for me. Answer I think I seen it on this sight http://autorepair.about.com/cs/generalinfo/l/bl_img_ford023.htm you have to look around. there are a lot of pages. Click on the link below Click on Owner Guides The owners manual ( which includes the fuse box diagram ) can be viewed on-line The interior fuse panel is located under the dash panel on the left side wall near the driver side of the vehicle. it is enclosed with a black plastic cover. The power distribution unit fuse panel is a black plastic box located in the engine area near the battery, the battery should be disconnected before replacing fuses in the power distribution unit according to the owner's manual. The fuse box is located on the drivers side about half way up from the floor, it is mounted on the side and is made of black plastic roughly 4 inches wide and 6 inches high. The cover just snaps on and off. Click on the "Ford Website" link below Click on Owner Guides The owners manual ( which includes the fuse panel diagram ) can be viewed on-line It can be found under the left side of the dash. The simplest answer is: there are fusebox diagrams in your Owners Manual. You can even download a free copy of any 1996 or newer Ford product Owners Manual. See "Related Questions" below for the links If you don't want to use the Owners Manual, Autozone.com offers a free Repair Guide - and that also has illustrated fuse panel information.
Asked in Mercury Sable, Car Fuses and Wiring
Where can you find a fuse panel diagram for a 1996-2010 Mercury Sable?
There are 2 fuse boxes / fuse panels in nearly every Ford product: one directly above the driver's left foot (when the driver is actually sitting in the driver's seat). The other is inside the engine compartment, on the right side - contains high current fuses. The Owners Manuals have detailed illustrations and information regarding the two fuse box / panels, and the various vehicle systems each fuse connects to. See "Related Questions" below Most fuse boxes and power distribution boxes have a cover or access plate over them. Usually, on the inside of this cover or plate is a pictorial diagram of the layout of all the fuse locations in that particular box. Each fuse or circuit breaker position will be labeled on that diagram. Sometimes the actual base plastic of the box has the description printed by each fuse in it. (These can be very hard to read). Good luck! Autozone also has online diagrams of the fuse box / panels. Under the steering column next to the brake pedal I have become an expert on fuse boxes since I am having a problem with mine. The fuse box, otherwise known as the central junction box is underneath the dash on the drivers side just to the left of the brake pedal. It has 3 big connectors on the left part of it and a black plastic cover on the right side of it. You can pop open the cover to expose the fuses and relays. It is not that easy to get to it but it is doable. The other fuse box, also known as the battery junction box is located under the hood just to the left of the battery.It also has a plastic cover on it. Just pop open the cover and you will expose the fuses and relays. There is another relay box between the battery and the fender, it is very long and narrow and is black in color. It only has relays in it. Ford decided to do a very dumb thing, they have placed up to 10 relays inside the central junction box which are soldered onto the circuit board in the box. These relays are for the autolamps, horn, battery saver, door lock & unlock, windshield washer pump, etc. You cannot replace these $5.00 relays because they are soldered onto the circuit board. You have to replace the fuse box which cost around $170.00 at the dealer. So, if you have a bad $5.00 relay,like I do, expect to pay around $200 to replace it. I too had a problem because my autolamps would not go "ON" and are very familiar with fuse boxes. I went to the junk yard and bought a fuse box for $10.00. Make sure the fuse box part number matches exactly or some of your accessories may not work. WHY WOULD FORD NOT MAKE THE RELAYS A REPLACEABLE ITEM??? I even went to the dealer and they had no clue where the autolamp relay was. Go figure!!!!! If get on the floor on the driver's side and look up where the pedals connect there should be a fuse box there or there is one under the hood on the lower right hand side. Click on the link below Click on Owner Guides The owners manual ( which includes the fuse diagram ) can be viewed on-line It has many fuses protecting many circuits, which are many sizes, and types. You will have to be more specific. Have you looked in your owner's manual? Below and to the left of your steering wheel , by the brake pedal . remove the panel cover to access the fuses The fuse compartment is found underneath the steering wheel consule, towards the left. A plastic cover needs to be removed to access the fuses.
Asked in Car Fuses and Wiring, Mercury Sable
Where can I find Taurus - Sable wiring and vacuum diagrams?
Wiring diagrams A couple of sources of detailed electrical wiring diagrams come to mind: * Autozone.com provides free access to an extensive "Repair Guide" which includes many wiring diagrams * Manuals & dedicated wiring diagram books - Chilton's, Haynes, Mitchell are 3 big names in the area of vehicle repair information * The local library will have many of these manuals on the shelf - TIP: take a few dollars in coins to feed the copy machine Not likely to find it anywhere but in a Ford factory service manual. You do have a owners manual for fuses and such that will get to most problems. You can go to Autozone.com. They have online manuals you can view for free, you just have to enter the make and model of the vehicle you are inquiring about http://www.commandocaralarms.com/wiring/1998-/Ford/Windstar/1810.HTML Though is it is not complete, it is the best that I can find so far. Haynes Manual would be your best option here. It's about $16 at auto store. i have a 96 merc. sable. the Taurus is basically the same, but my fuse box is under the steering wheel on the bottom of the dash where all of the wires are. try to look under the dash on the left side. hope this helps. the diagram is there or in the manual. My 1996 ford Taurus has a fuse box in the front engine compartment above the radiator. However, it is not clear what each is for? Chilton repair manual has most electrical diagrams and can be purchased for almost all cars at autozone. Chiltons can also be contacted on-line and definitely have what you need. Try MOTORLIT.COM Another source is Autozone.com - they have free access to Chilton's Repair Guide, which includes many wiring diagrams. NOTE: Autozone now requires free registration to access the repair guides. More than worth the extra effort for these photo/illustrated instructions. One source of some wiring diagrams is Autozone.com - they provide free access to an extensive Repair Guide (Chilton's?), including many wiring diagrams. NOTE: Autozone now requires free registration to access the Repair Guides. In a haynes manual available at NAPA stores. Try AutoZone.com They have some wiring info. Also you can get manuals from Mercury but this could be a bit expensive. http://www.autozone.com/AZ/cds/en_us/0900823d/80/1a/fc/3c/0900823d801afc3c/repairInfoPages.htm Hope this is some help. A 1997 Taurus owner.
Asked in Car Fuses and Wiring, Ford Taurus
Where can you find a fuse box diagram for 1996-2010 Ford Taurus?
There are 2 fuse boxes / fuse panels in nearly every Ford product: one directly above the driver's left foot (when the driver is actually sitting in the driver's seat). The other is inside the engine compartment, on the right side - contains high current fuses. The Owners Manuals have detailed illustrations and information regarding the two fuse box / panels, and the various vehicle systems each fuse connects to. Keep reading for information & links to free online sources of Owners Manuals for 1996+ Ford & Mercury products information. most fuse boxes and power distribution boxes have a cover or access plate over them. Usually, on the inside of this cover or plate is a pictorial diagram of the layout of all the fuse locations in that particular box. Each fuse or circuit breaker position will be labeled on that diagram. Sometimes the actual base plastic of the box has the description printed by each fuse in it. (These can be very hard to read). The fuse diagram is in the owners' manual. However, it is incomplete and ambiguous. Using terms like GEM and ICP. Nowhere, by the way, does it explain where the fuse for the parking and running lights is located. Also, a lot of the chassis electrical run through the "GEM", the Generic Electronic Module. This is the "black box" that only the dealer can diagnose! I have had all of the running lights and parking lights go out on my 2001 Sable. Looks like we are destined to take the car to the dealer where they will use their magic boxes to diagnose the problem. Underneath the driver-side dashboard is a gray box that says "pull to open." It blends in with everything around it and is difficult to see. It helps to have a flashlight to find it. The fuse box is underneath youre steering wheel on the lower left hand side right next to youre brake pedel. There is a cover to let your know were all of the fuses are. There are 2 fuse box locations. There is one under the left side of the dashboard just to the right of the emergency brake pedal. You will need to remove the black plastic cover by pressing the release clip on the top edge of the box. And the second location is a fuse and relay box on the right side of the engine compartment. Both locations have fuses and or relays in them. In most cars, it is located on the left side inside. Open driver's door, look at side of dashboard, you should see a small inward round opening, pry it open toward you. The fusebox diagrams are detailed in the Owners Manual. Under the dash on driver side, there is a lever that you pull and the box comes down. In the engine comparment to the right fo the radiator. The fuse box is located under the front dash on the driver's side. It is near the brake pedal. It will have a cover on it. There is also a power distribution box which contains fuses. It is located nust near the battery in the engine compartment. It will also have a cover. I assume you mean the one inside the cabin of the vehicle. It's directly behind the driver side door , behind the panel in the dash. (side of the dash when you open the door) Locate the fuse box with your owner's manual help. Find the location of the fuse that controls the defective circuit. Remove the fuse with a fuse removal tool, needle nose pliers, or small screw driver. Install new fuse of same amperage/ color. Problem not cured? Check all fuses plus fuses under the hood also.
Can you sub a 250 volt 1.5 amp fuse in place of a 125 volt 3 amp fuse?
Yes, you can substitute a 250 volt fuse in place of a 125 volt fuse. You just can't go the other way around. As far as 1.5 amperes in place of 3 amperes, well, you've got a problem there because the fuse will blow at about 1.5 amperes instead of 3 amperes, so the intended load will not be met. All of this, of course, assumes that the physical size of the fuse is the same. Bottom line is never substitute fuses.
Asked in Car Fuses and Wiring, Ford Contour
Where are the fuse panels located on the Contour - Mystique?
Under the dash between the steering column, and left kick panel. ---- Its definitely not under the dash, i have same car, its under the hood, to the right on the bottom, a little black box. ---- Both are right! One location is in a 'power distribution' box next to the battery under the hood. The other is up under the dash on the drivers side. The box is under the steering column but it is hard to find because its folded up. Opening / accessing the fuse box * Get down on the floor with the car off but the key in the ignition - you should hear the dinging - the noise maker is mounted to the bottom of the fuse box. As you look up put your hand on the right side of the box and there is a black switch/ button you have to push to release the box. Or... * There's a release button on the side of the panel to drop it down for easier access. Pull knob down toward floor while pulling down on box. (Caution wear gloves i got cut bad.) Or another way to say it... * Under the dash near the steering column. You will see a box with wires running in and out of it, this is the fuse panel. There is a pull tab next to it, pull it and the fuse panel will drop down. Push the panel back up when done, it will click into place. And one more way to describe it... * The fuse box is located under the steering wheel. There is a black button you have to push towards the right side of the car that opens it up. It looks like it's a part of the car, it blends in. When you are finished with it just push it up and it will click into place. The Owners Manuals have detailed illustrations and information regarding the two fuse box / panels, and the various vehicle systems each fuse protects. See "Related Questions" below for links to free, online sources of Owners Manuals. drivers side under hood and also under drivers side dash by feet puch up switch and it pops down
What does rem mean on an amplifier?
On an amplifier, rem. usually stands for remote. For an automotive audio amplifier, the remote connection could be for a gain remote. This is usually a dial at one end and a phone jack like connection on the other. This allows you to turn down the gain or volume on the amplifier wherever you wish to mount the remote. If there is a terminal (screw and clamp for attaching wires) under the rem label, then it is for remote shut off. The remote shut off for external amps for like subs or higher end speakers connects a thin blue wire from the head unit or radio to the amplifier. For head units or radios, the remote connection connects to the ignition system. Both of these allow the amplifier to shut off while the key or radio is in the off status. For home theater amplifiers the remote connection could be for a few things. It could be for an IR or Infrared receiver, or to be controlled from another device. These two usually is a 3.5 millimeter female jack terminal. If it looks like a 2 prong 110V receptacle, it will cut the power to another device when the amplifier shuts off.
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Asked in Car Fuses and Wiring, Ford Explorer XLT
What are the radio wiring diagrams and speaker sizes in a Windstar?
Tips Do NOT cut the factory wires! Buy a stereo wiring harness that will make wiring much much easier. Windstar Car Stereo Radio Wiring Diagram - All years Car Radio Constant 12v+ Wire: Green/Violet Car Radio Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow/Black Car Radio Ground Wire: Black/Light Green Car Radio Illumination Wire: Green Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Light Green Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue/White Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Light Green Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green/Orange Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Brown/White Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Brown/Yellow Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Brown/Green Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Pink Speakers 1995-1998: 5" x 7" Front door and side panel 1999-2003: 6" x 8" Front and rear door Resources See "Related Links" below for Modified Life, 12Volt.com, the Install DR. and Crutchfield. I will offer a personal endorsement for Crutchfield as premier operation! Can't rave enough about their product, pricing, and commitment to making it EASY After doing a lot of searching found this. http://www.installdr.com/InstallDocs/FLM/PDF/356021.pdf WOW! You know how to ask a simple question!. Just kidding. Actually, the radio wiring is quite complex. The rear media controls further complicate an otherwise impossible system to decipher. If you don't have the CD changer, there are two major modules , the radio and the rear audio controller. We are talking about some 30 or so wires here. E-mail me at the address in my profile and I will try to send you the complete schematic. It is all on one page. Carl http://www.installdr.com/Harnesses/Ford-Wiring.pdf Be sure to See "Related Questions" below for more information, and additional sources of radio wiring specs Answer 1999 Ford Windstar Vanwith AM/FM/Cassette deckFactory replacement info:In-dash stereo 9-19/32" depth; Size code E,F2,S Front speakers Front Door : 6x8" Far rear speakers Mid Panel : 6x8" SAME APPLIES TO 1998 FORD WINDSTAR EXCEPT FOR THE INDASH STEREO DEPTH SIZE 1995: 6 x 8 Answer 2001 - Front door 6x8 and mid panel also 6x8 1998 - 6x8 front and rear After doing alot of searching found this. http://www.installdr.com/InstallDocs/FLM/PDF/356021.pdf 6 x 8
What would cause your reverse lights not to work?
A blown fuse, a faulty ( or dirty ) reverse light switch, faulty wiring, a blown bulb or a poor ground could cause reverse lights not to work. If one light doesn't work it's likely to be a blown bulb, faulty wiring or a poor ground. If both don't work it's probably a blown fuse, a faulty reverse light switch or faulty wiring.
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Where can you find a fuse panel diagram for a 1996-2005 Ford Taurus?
== == == == There are 2 fuse boxes / fuse panels in nearly every Ford product: one directly above the driver's left foot (when the driver is actually sitting in the driver's seat). The other is inside the engine compartment, on the right side - contains high current fuses. The Owners Manuals have detailed illustrations and information regarding the two fuse box / panels, and the various vehicle systems each fuse connects to. Keep reading for information & links to free online sources of Owners Manuals for 1996+ Ford & Mercury products information. Most fuse boxes and power distribution boxes have a cover or access plate over them. Usually, on the inside of this cover or plate is a pictorial diagram of the layout of all the fuse locations in that particular box. Each fuse or circuit breaker position will be labeled on that diagram. Sometimes the actual base plastic of the box has the description printed by each fuse in it. (These can be very hard to read). Good luck! The fuse diagram is in the owners' manual. However, it is incomplete and ambiguous. Using terms like GEM and ICP. Nowhere, by the way, does it explain where the fuse for the parking and running lights is located. Also, a lot of the chassis electrical run through the "GEM", the Generic Electronic Module. This is the "black box" that only the dealer can diagnose! I have had all of the running lights and parking lights go out on my 2001 Sable, and have found NOTHING on the web that can help me. Looks like we are destined to take the car to the dealer where they will use their magic boxes to diagnose the problem. == == == == = = Ford makes all the Owners Manuals for their entire lineup, 1996 and newer, available online: www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/owners_manuals/default.asp Another source is the Motorcraft website. See "Related Links" below Edmunds.com has links to online Owners Manuals for other manufacturers. See "Related Links" below Autozone also has online diagrams of the fuse box / panels. See "Related Links" below http://www.taurusclub.com/encyclopedia/Reference95Fuse.jpg This is an accurate fuse diagram based on the factory number location.
How do you dignose the interior light fuse keeps blowing out and what is the amp for that fuse?
Easiest way is to get a "short finder kit" This consists of a automatic reset circuit breaker to install in place of the fuse, and a small magnetic amp gauge that you hold in your hand. You can get these at a automotive store or a tool guy such as snap-on or a Mac dealer. You install the circuit breaker and it will click on and off about 1-4 times a second while short occurs. You hold the amp gauge near the circuit wire that is shorted and watch the needle fluctuate back and forth. when you pass the area of the short, the needle will stop moving. You have located the short where the needle stops moving. You can use the gauge near pillar posts and body metal also and it will sense the wire even through car metal. The objective is to find where the wire is shorted in the car body or location. Most shorts are found where the wires are EXPOSED and not inside pillar posts or body parts where you can't access the wire harness. Interior light fuses are mostly rated for 10-15 amps.
Where can you find a fuse box - panel diagram for a 1986-1995 Ford Taurus?
If you are sitting in car down at your left knee under dash is the box for the fuses According to Chilton's Repair Manual, the fusebox was unchanged from 1986-1995. The Taurus Club website has scanned images of the Owners Manual pages for the fusebox - see "Related Link" below Answer look in local library most have auto manuals Answer LOOK IN THE OWNERS MANULE OR IF THE FUSE BOX IS COVERD AT THE BACK OF THIS COVER SHOULS BE A DIAGRAM Look under the dash to the left of the steering column, you will find the fuses box can be titled down for ease or replacement Answer Go to a Ford dealer service dept and ask them to photocopy the page out of their EVTM(Electrical Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual). under the hood in the black box near the battery! the top cover should be labled with the description of the locations for each individual fuse! 1988 Ford Taurus fusebox Below the dash right above the parking brake; there is a small metal bar with instructions on it which needs to be pulled in order to lower and access the fusebox. You may have to reach under the dash and pull down gently on the fusebox while pulling the bar in the direction indicated. Answer There is a fuse panel under the dash to the left of the steering wheel. You have to push up on a bar and then pull it down till it clicks. There should be a black cover over it that just pops off. Owners manual Answer drivers side in front of firewall Answer Go to:http://www.bulldogsecurity.com/New%20Wires/New%20Wires/Wires/fortaurus89-95.htm Answer The dealer has a book called an EVTM(Electrical Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual). Thsi is a book the technicians use and it contains, among other things, fuse box diagrams. I am sure they would be willing to run off a photo copy of that page for you free of charge. If you wnat the whole owner's manual, some are still available to order. I am not sure if you can still get 1994 though, but it's worth a try. Answer The owners manual is available from the nearest dealership, but they are not cheap. What you really want, if I understand your question correctly, is to be able to tell what each fuse goes to. To solve this I would recommend either a Haynes or Chilten service manual available from your local auto parts store. Most of these manuals cost around $25.00, and contain lots of valuable information besides a diagram of the fuse pannel and a listing of what fuse goes to what. Good LuckPhillip Goin There is one under the left side of the dash and one located under the hood close to the battery.
Asked in Alternators, Car Fuses and Wiring
Is there a fuse on an alternator?
no there is not a fuse built into any alternator that i have seen to date (been a mechanic for 10 yrs) HOWEVER most vehicles have a charging fuse located either in-line or at the fuse panel so that if the rectifier or voltage regulator goes out the battery does not receive too much voltage or the wrong type of voltage ac versus dc in short no the alternator doesn't but the vehicle should have one in the alternator circuit
Where can you find a fuse panel diagram for a 1986-1995 Mercury Sable?
The Owners Manual is typically the first place to look for fuse diagrams, and what circuits are protected by which fuses. According to Chilton's Repair Manual, the fusebox was unchanged from 1986-1995. The Taurus Club website has scanned images of the Owners Manual pages for the fusebox - see "Related Link" below Answer look in local library most have auto manuals fuse box 1992 drivers side, leftside under dash says pull for fuses, it may not come down and needs a little help. another fuse box under hood, driver's side, on firewall, should be two small 10,s and other bigger fuses Answer Drivers side by your left leg there is a lever that says pull for fuse box. How you open that is another story though The fuse panel is located on under the dashboard on the drivers side. You will find a lever that you pull so the panel can swing down to access the block. There are two. One is inside near the brake pedal. It is tucked up under the dash, but you can pull it down to access it. There is another bank of fuses inside the engine compartment. on the driver's side, up against the firewall, right on top. Steve phx AZ