How do I replace a fuse in my car

I think that my car has a blown fuse. I bought a replacement fuse, but I’m not sure how to install it. I’ve replaced blown fuses in my house before–is the process different in a car?

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Answer provided by
Patrick Price
Answered on Apr 28, 2022
Great question! Sorry to hear you’ve got a blown fuse but don’t worry–replacing it will be fairly easy. It’s pretty similar to replacing a fuse in your home. Since you’ve done that before, you shouldn’t have any trouble. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
  • Find your car’s fuse panel – it’s usually right under the steering wheel
  • Open the fuse panel and locate the blown fuse – it should be visibly darker than the other fuses
  • Carefully remove the fuse
  • Replace the fuse with a fresh one of the same amperage. Never try to use a replacement fuse with different amperage as this will cause serious problems.
  • Start your car to test the new fuse
If the car won’t start or if the same fuse blows right away, you may have a more serious issue. If so, you’ll need to have it looked at by a professional mechanic and/or automotive electrician.
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