How to change a Fuse

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 09:57

Fuses protect all the electrical devices in your car, in such cases if there is an over power flow a fuse can ‘blow’ so the extra electricity does not reach the device.

If you decide to change you own fuse you will first need to locate the fuse panel. Your vehicle's manual should provide you direction to where it is located. For most vehicles the fuse panels are on the driver’s side of the dashboard under the steering wheel, if not then they usually on the right or left side under the dashboard or may possibly be in the engine compartment or others are also found in the front driver side under the dashboard or in the glove box.  Fuse panel are placed in all different locations just depending on the vehicles, and whether if it’s an old or new car.


  1. After locating the fuse panel, remove the fuse panel cover. Most fuse covers should contain a chart stating what each fuses controls is for, or there may be a plastic cover over the fuses that give them information
  2. Find the blown fuse, it will look like a filament in a burned out light bulb. There should be a metal strip that will be broken and the fuse should have a black smudge. Some vehicles come with special ‘fuse puller’ to remove fuses. If not just use your fingers, but make sure you remove it carefully.
  3. Take the fuse to an auto parts or hardware store and get an identical replacement, if unsure ask for assistance.
  4. Locate where you removed the blown fuse to place the new fuse back in its seating place. However be sure that you are placing the correct fuse in its correct slot, if it’s not in the correct slot it may cause worse damage to your vehicle than just a blown fuse.
  5. After locating the fuse slot firmly press your thumb on the fuse which will secure it its place.
  6. After placing the new fuse back in its right slot, start your car and test the headlights, fan or the interior lights etc. to see that they are functioning correctly.
  7. Place the fuse box cover and you have successfully changed a fuse!

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