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Old 10-27-2013, 07:41 AM
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headlight gauge cluster fuses blowing

I have tried to search this up and down and have yet to find an answer. Friend went on an extended trip to India and drops the car in my lap to take care of. It is a 2002 3.0 manual with sport package. What is occurring is that the headlight fuse 5a blows and then shortly there after the gauge cluster blows as well. With both blown you only have fog lights and no directionals (verified by a very bewildered Sheriff when asked if they functioned he answered no, I said thanks and drove off lol). The last time this occurred I thought it was because I hit a bump at a high rate of speed and figured something was jostled loose and since it is such a low rated fuse it surged and exceeded it. But now that it has happened twice I am needing an answer to this dilemma.

Thanks, i have read a few threads here and I see a lot of very well versed people are here to help.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:00 PM
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There is a common short circuit in the shifter harness that blows the cluster light circuit. That could be your problem, however that doesn't normally blow the headlight fuse. The headlight switch itself is a common failure point in these cars, but you could have a short anywhere in the harness.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:22 PM
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I still have gauge lights and fog lights. When it occurred both times I was not shifting. I also notice that I no longer have control over the DSC. I may have seen a flash of DSC lights on the dash and then shortly there after it blew. Someone has to have had the same occur.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:37 PM
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I do not have gauges, the odo is illuminated but it does not change miles.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:09 PM
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Anyone, anyone, anyone, something d-o-o economics.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:36 PM
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Fuse numbers are 23 and 25.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:04 AM
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No one knows anything?
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:31 PM
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Some problems are unique.
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