How to Replace a Fuse in Honda Cars

by Contributing Writer

If you own a Honda car for long enough, at some point you are going to have to change a fuse. Anytime part of the electrical system fails like power windows, power doors or moonroof, check to see if a fuse is blown before you take it to a mechanic. Since replacing fuses isn't hard, it's best to learn how to do it yourself.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace a Fuse in a Honda Civic

Get out the owner's manual for the Honda Civic. The owner's manual has a diagram that shows you what each fuse controls on the car. If you don't have the owner's manual any longer, you can try the link below in the Resources section. Otherwise Google the term "Honda Civic Fuse Diagram".

Locate the fuse number on the diagram that correlates to your car problem. Example if the driver's side power window won't roll up or down, look for a fuse labeled something similar to "power window".

Next see where the fuse box is located. There are two fuse boxes. One is under the hood and one is directly under the steering wheel on the interior of the car. The fuse diagram will tell you which fuse box the fuse is located in.

Using the fuse puller, located in the fuse box under the hood, remove the fuse. If you do not have the fuse puller, you can use needle nose pliers instead.

Look inside the fuse where you will see a zigzag pattern, which is usually white colored. If the zig zag pattern is broken, the fuse is blown and must be replaced.

Take the fuse to any auto supply store and tell them the year, make and model of your Honda Civic.

Replace the fuse using the fuse puller or pliers, by pushing it in firmly but gently.

Items you will need

  • Honda Civic

  • Owners Manual

  • Fuse puller or needle nose pliers

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Honda Prelude

Turn off the car. Locate the two fuse boxes, one under the hood in the engine compartment passenger's side and the other underneath the dashboard on the driver's side of the car.

Push the tab down to open the engine compartment fuse box. Turn the knob on the passenger compartment to open it.

Read the inside cover of each fuse box to find the location of the fuse you must replace. As an example, a 1997 Honda Prelude taillight fuse is in slot 10.

Use the fuse puller in the interior fuse box to remove the fuse. Look at the wire in the middle to verify it's melted or broken and no longer usable.

Replace with a fuse of the same rating, snapping it into the appropriate fuse slot. Read the inside cover to find out the rating. The 1997 Prelude's taillight uses a 15-amp fuse.

Close the fuse box door and restart your Prelude. Verify the new fuse works and the issue is resolved.

Items you will need

  • Fuse puller

  • Fuse of same rating

 How to Replace Fuses in a Honda CRV

How to Replace Fuses in a Honda CRV.

Make sure that the Honda CRV is not running and the ignition is switched off before you begin.

Locate the fuse box. In a Honda CRV, the fuses are under the hood on the left side. Additional fuses can be found in the vehicle under the steering column.

Push the tab on the fuse box to reveal the fuses.

Find the fuse corresponding to the problem your CRV is having. A chart listing each fuse and its function is on the inside of the fuse box cover.

Inspect for blown fuses. A blown fuse will be discolored or have a melted look. Remove the fuse with a fuse-pulling tool.

Determine the rating of the fuse in need of replacement. The fuse rating is listed on the chart that identifies the function of each fuse.

Replace the spent fuse with a new one of the same rating. The fuses for your Honda CRV are standard automotive fuses. Look for other fuses that may need to be replaced.

Close the fuse box and test the fuses by attempting to perform the problematic operation (turn on the lights, use the signals, etc.).

Items you will need

  • Fuse-pulling tool Replacement fuses

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Honda CR-V

Turn the ignition off before replacing any fuse. Find the fuse box that's under the hood on the driver's side. The other fuse box is in the passenger compartment underneath the steering column.

Open the interior fuse box by pulling the fuse box lid towards you and off its hinges. Open the engine compartment fuse box by pushing the tab down.

Look at the inside cover of the fuse box to determine the location of the fuse you need to replace. A 2003 Honda CR-V, for example, has the front wiper fuse in slot 20 of the passenger compartment fuse box.

Remove the fuse using the fuse puller or your fingers. Inspect the inside for a burned or melted wire, indicative of a blown fuse.

Replace with a new fuse of the same rating, pushing the into place. The rating is found on the inside cover of the fuse box. A 2003 model's wiper fuse as listed in Step 3 has a 20-amp rating.

Snap the fuse box cover closed and restart the CR-V. Make sure that the new fuse is working.

Items you will need

  • Fuse puller

  • Same rating fuse

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Honda Accord

Shut off the ignition before removing any fuses. Locate the main fuse box in the passenger compartment on the driver's lower left side. Find the other fuse box under the hood in the back portion of the engine on the driver's side.

Pull the passenger compartment fuse box slightly upward and towards you to open it. Push the tabs to open the engine compartment fuse box.

Look at the listing on the inside cover of the fuse box to locate the fuse you need. In a 2003 Honda Accord, the power lock fuse is in slot 8.

Use the fuse extractor or your fingers to remove the fuse. Check the inside wire, which is burned out if the fuse is blown.

Add a new fuse of the same rating into the appropriate slot. According to the example listed in Step 3, the 2003 Honda Accord uses a 20-amp fuse for the power locks.

Shut the fuse box and start the Accord. Verify the new fuse is working properly.

Items you will need

  • Fuse extractor

  • Same rating fuse