Meter fuse blowing

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by foundnemo25, Mar 23, 2009.


  1. foundnemo25

    foundnemo25 New Member

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    In my wifes 95 lx the meter fuse blew on saturday. I replaced it and drove it and it blew again. I figure that there is a short somewhere in the system so I removed the blown fuse and put a paper clip in to see if there were smoke where the short would be. To my surprise nothing. No smoke or burning rubber of a melting wire. So I put another fuse in it and took it for a drive. About five minutes of driving the fuse blew again. Im lost. The meter fuse is for the dash controls, turn signal, speed sensor. This is a 5sp 1.9 escort. Can anyone help me on this one. Thanks
  2. 88scortgt

    88scortgt FEOA Member

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    I looked in the '95 service manual for the Meter fuse, and this is what it protects:
    Instrument cluster,
    backup lamps,
    rear lamps,
    speed control system,
    shift interlock system,
    safety belt warning chime,
    passive restraint control module,
    hazard flasher,
    PCM (1.8L Canada)

    I think the first place I would start looking for a short would be in the sockets for the tail lights.
  3. foundnemo25

    foundnemo25 New Member

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    well I started doing a little research and trying to narrow down the short. while I was driving with no fuse in the Meter slot I went to turn on the headlights and saw that another fuse had blown. To a look at which one it was and found that it was the Tail fuse which are for the rear tail lights. I pulled over and checked the tail lights sockets. Everything seemed ok. I put another fuse in the Meter slot and the Tail slot because it was getting dark and I needed brake lights to drive. The instrument cluster started working as any other time that I replaced the fuse but the Tail fuse that blew, after putting the new fuse in there the tail lights are not working. The dash light dont even light up with the new fuse which has me thinking that there is a short at the fuse panel causing no power to even come distribute when a new fuse is put in.I am going to test the fust panel at that fuse to see whats going on and hopefully that is it and nothing really major.

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