How to Check Fuses for a 2000 Chevy Malibu

by David Hoskins

Always check your fuses first. If part of your car stops working, the first step is to check your fuses. A new windshield wiper motor can cost over $50, while a fuse can cost less than $2. It is far more likely you have a blown fuse than a motor, or some other component, has failed. The 2000 Chevrolet Malibu has three fuse blocks and all of them are easily accessible for quick inspection.

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Locate the three fuse blocks. The first two are inside the car on either end of the instrument panel. Access them by opening the doors to the vehicle. The third fuse block is located in the engine compartment, on the driver’s side. Access it by opening the hood.

2

Open the fuse blocks. The interior fuse blocks are opened by pulling straight out on the fuse panel doors. Internal clips keep fuse doors held in place. You may need to use some force to get the doors off. Open the fuse block in the engine compartment by releasing the buckle. To release the buckle, lift up and away from the fuse block.

3

Inspect the appropriate fuse. Use the diagrams on the doors of the fuse blocks, or the owner’s manual, to locate the fuse you need to inspect. Use the fuse puller, stored in either the driver’s side fuse block or the engine fuse block, and gently pull the fuse straight out. If the wire band inside the fuse is broken or burned, it needs replacing.

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Close the fuse blocks. Replace the doors on the interior fuse blocks by inserting the hooks at the front end then pushing the door into the instrument panel until secured. To close the engine compartment fuse block, close the lid until tight and close the buckle by attaching the lower hook onto the latch and pushing the buckle down until secured.

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About the Author

David Hoskins has been working as a freelance writer online since 2009. A majority of his work can be seen on eHow, covering topics in business, arts and crafts and general knowledge. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English at the University of Oregon and will be continuing into graduate school majoring in creative writing.

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