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My 94 escort wagon has been sitting all winter because of a short i just cannot find. its warm now and i want my escort back i miss it. MY "ROOM" fuse keeps shorting can anyone help. here is a picture of my car with my $700 exhaust no joke.

 

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Not to discourage you, but.... I got a service manual (the Ford OEM one) on ebay for about $40 and it paid for itself several times in the first weeks. It has two parts, both of them vital for following electrical circuits around the car. From it you can find more info in an hour than we could pass on to you in a week of postings.

I look for shorts and stuck relays, but making up a 'fuse' simulator. I take an old fuse, grind away at it till I can solder two wires to it. Then I solder a light bulb (a bright one like a tail-lamp or headlamp) to the wires. I can then plug this thing into where the fuse went - and use it to look for where s short is. Since a headlamp bulb will draw about 6 or 7 amps, if there is a short the bulb will come on bright. Wiggling wires or undoing connectors - while looking to see if the bulb goes dim, is how I find those short circuits.

And while looking for shorted circuits, you can begin by pulling out all of the other fuses - to help isolate the bad circuit.
 

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There are tons of things that could cause a room fuse to blow. I would suggest getting a ford factory service manual for your car as well. They are excellent references.

if it was me though, first thing I would look at is the radio. If it's aftermarket, then perhaps something got wired wrong or shorted out. Remove the radio and pop in another fuse to try it out. From there, I would pull the dash and go over the dash harness, looking for shorted wires.
 

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i think i found it

I've narrowed it down to behind the dash and above the fuse box. the weird thing is when i put a fuse in today and started it up for the first time everything was working just fine. THEN i started to smell a little smoke and could see it was coming from behind the dash so i took it all apart. HOPEFULLY I'll get to drive her tomorrow and here her PURRRRR! :wink:
 

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yeah, it is possible that some of the wiring has melted together. You can remove the whole dash harness, and swap one in from a junker.
 

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My scheme for working on wiring behind the dashboard, is to remove the drivers seat, (only takes four 12mm or 13mm bolts), then lay down a piece of long plywood to make a flat surface. I can then lie down on it and be able to see up under the dashboard, without my back getting tired. I take my extension light with me. If you smelled burning wire insulation, you might be able to see the damaged wire due to its 'cooked' appearance.

I like the advice of being able to put in a wiring harness from a JY car enough that I might spend the time at a pick-n-pull to harvest a harness, just to have the spare. I plan to keep my Escort for years 'n years.
 

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thnks for the help. still havent found it. i think its right behind my gauge cluster because thats were the smoke was coming from AND every time i put the fuse back in my RIGHT blinker light stays on. the Chilton Library really helps to. i tore out alot of the dash out so i probably wont take the seat out but good idea. here is a pic of what it looks like now because everyone loves pictures. :D

 

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Once you have the steering column dropped and the bezel that surrounds the cluster removed, its fairly easy to get the cluster out. After removing some screws. you pull the cluster out - far enough to get your fingers in behind it. The first thing you have to undo is the squeeze clip that holds the speedo cable into the back of the speedo head. After that you have enough room to pull the cluster out a little further, and unclip the three connectors between the wiring harness of the car and the backside of the cluster. Dont worry, the 3 connectors wont interchange. Maybe with that cluster out you will see the cause of the grief. It also gives you more room for examining the harnesses running around back there.
The first time I take a cluster out of a car, I like to replace all of the little bulbs that look blackened - to replace them before they burn out. And with any connector, I like to clean the contacts if they are reachable; as some of them are on the Escort.
 

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i found it and fixed it but for some reason my right blinker and reverse lights will stay on when ever i put the "ROOM" fuse back in. My dad tells me its a burnt out bulb but i dought it. Any ideas as to what it is?
 

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i found it and fixed it but for some reason my right blinker and reverse lights will stay on when ever i put the "ROOM" fuse back in. My dad tells me its a burnt out bulb but i dought it. Any ideas as to what it is?
Do you mean the dash light for the turn signal stays on, or the actual light bulb itself on the outside of the vehicle? If its the dash light, then an always on turn indicator (in my experience with my 96) means a burnt out bulb.
 
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