How to: Check and Change a Fuse

A blown fuse is one of the more common roadside problems. The result of a blown fuse can be major (the car stops running) or minor (the radio stops working). Here’s how to check for a bad fuse and how to replace it if necessary.


Circuit tester or multimeter

Spare fuses (the type used in your car)

Fuse puller or long-nose pliers

Owner’s manual


Checking for a Blown Fuse

1. Locate the fuse box and remove cover.

The location of the fuse box varies greatly, but they can usually be found in the engine compartment or in the dashboard. Depending on your vehicle, you may have more than one fuse ...

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