How Do I Change a Fuse on Ford Cars

by Contributing WriterUpdated June 12, 2017

Fuses are a safety net in your Ford car. A fuse prevents an electrical component from being damaged by restricting the electrical current allowed to pass through the fuse to the component. If the electrical current is too high, the fuse pops and no electricity reaches the component. This can be annoying, but replacing a fuse is relatively inexpensive compared to replacing any of the electrical devices or components in your Ford car. When a fuse does pop, you'll have to replace it.

Under The Hood:

 How Do I Change a Fuse on a Ford Ranger?

Open the driver-side door of your Ranger. Use a flashlight to locate the fuse panel beneath the dash area on the driver side of the truck, just inside the door. The fuse panel door will be labeled "FUSES" or something similar.

Grasp the handle of the fuse panel cover and pull it straight off the panel. Set the cover aside in a safe place.

Remove the rubber-tipped fuse puller from the panel. The fuse puller looks a little bit like a pair of tweezers with rubber tips.

Grasp the top of the fuse you want to change with the fuse puller. Pull the fuse straight out of the panel. Discard the old fuse.

Press the new fuse into place. If the empty slot is difficult to get to, use the fuse puller to help you get it into place. Press it in until it stops, so it is properly seated in the fuse panel.

Items you will need

  • Flashlight

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Ford Focus

Shut off the ignition in your Ford Focus before you replace a fuse. Find the fuse box near the brake pedal, below and to the left of your steering wheel.

Pull the panel cover to open the box and access the fuses. Check the inside of the cover for a listing of fuse locations. For example, a 2000 Ford Focus houses the horn fuse in slot 34.

Use the fuse puller that's in the fuse box to remove the fuse. If a fuse is blown, the wire in the middle of it will be severed or melted.

Replace the blown fuse with a new one of the same rating. In the horn example referenced in Step 2, the fuse has a 20-amp rating.

Shut the fuse panel door and check the new fuse once you restart the Focus.

Items you will need

  • Fuse puller

  • Same rating fuse

 How to Replace the Fuses for Ford F-150 A/C

Consult your owner's guide to determine the location of the fuse panel. As an example, on a 2005 Ford F-150, the interior fuse panel is under the right side of the instrument panel.

Determine the amperage, color, type and panel location of the fuses protecting the A/C system, using your owner's guide. For the 2005 F-150, you will need two red 10-amp mini-spade fuses, which are located in positions 11 and 14. Mini-spade fuses can be purchased at most auto parts stores.

Locate the fuse panel and remove the cover.

Locate fuse positions 11 and 14, using the flashlight to illuminate the panel.

Slide the jaws of the plastic fuse puller around the top edge of the 10-amp fuse in position 11. Pull the fuse straight back and out of the panel.

Slide the jaws of the fuse puller around the top edge of a new 10-amp fuse. Insert the contacts into the corresponding openings in the fuse panel. Once the fuse is initially seated, press it in tightly with the tip of your finger.

Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to replace the 10-amp fuse located in position 14.

Replace the fuse panel cover.

Items you will need

  • 2 red 10-amp mini-spade fuses

  • Automotive fuse puller

  • Flashlight

  • Ford F-150 owner's guide

 How to Replace Fuses in a Ford Taurus

Locate the fuse box in your Ford Taurus. It is located on the driver's side, underneath the steering wheel.

Pull the panel off the fuse box and locate the fuse you need to replace.

Locate the fuse puller that is included on the fuse panel. It will look like a miniature tong with two arms for you to clip over the head of the fuse.

Clip the arms of the fuse puller over the fuse you want to pull and make sure you have a good grip on the fuse puller.

Pull the fuse straight out and insert a new fuse. You don' t need to use the fuse puller to install the new fuse. It will slide right into the slot from where you pulled the old one.

Replace the fuse puller and fuse box cover.

Items you will need

  • New fuses

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Ford Explorer

Locate the fuse panel just to the left of your steering wheel, facing the driver's side door.

Open the panel by pulling the cover outward. Look at the fuse listing on the inside panel of the fuse box to identify the location of the fuse you wish to replace. The location and amperage of each fuse varies slightly between all Ford Explorer models, so it's important to check the corresponding number listed on the inside fuse panel.

Use the fuse puller in the fuse box and carefully remove the fuse for the electrical malfunction you're experiencing. Examine the fuse to see if it's blown, represented by a burned-out wire. Compare it to another fuse that works if you're are unsure.

Discard the blown fuse and replace it with one of the same amperage. The amperage for each fuse is listed on the inside cover of the fuse box.

Replace the fuse puller and cover the fuse box. Start your Ford Explorer and check to see that the electrical issue is resolved.

Items you will need

  • Fuse puller

  • Same rating fuse

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