How to Replace the Fuses in Cars

by Contributing Writer

The Mini car in a Toyota Mini car is protected by a Mini car fuse, located in the under-hood fuse block. When the Mini car draws too much current, the filament inside the fuse bursts to stop the flow of electricity. This interruption to the electrical flow prevents the Mini car wiring from overheating and catching fire. When the Mini car fuse is blown, the Mini car will not operate until a replacement fuse is inserted in the Mini car fuse receptacle.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Saturn VUE

Turn off your Saturn VUE first. Find your fuse box under the hood near the battery.

Open the cover and look at the back of it. Listed, you'll find the location of all fuses housed there. For example, in a 2000 Saturn VUE the fuse for the cigarette lighter is in the end slot.

Pull out the fuse using your fingers or a fuse puller. Look at the wire in the middle to see if it's split or melted.

Replace the blown fuse with a new one that has the same rating. The cigarette lighter fuse in the 2000 Saturn VUE example listed in Step 2 uses a 20 amp fuse.

Push the new fuse in securely and close the fuse box cover. Restart your vehicle and verify that the new fuse works.

Items you will need

  • New fuse with same rating

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Saturn Ion

Turn the ignition off in your car before working with fuses. Locate one fuse box in the engine compartment near the battery.

Find the other fuse box in a slightly hidden spot. Push back the driver's seat all the way and look on the driver's side near the floor. You'll see a pull down compartment that you'll open to access the fuses.

Check the list on the inside of the fuse box cover to find the location of the fuse. For example, in the engine compartment fuse box of a Saturn ion, the dash board fuse is in either slot 39 or 47.

Remove the fuse using your thumb and index finger. Check the middle wire to verify it's blown, represented by a melted wire.

Replace the fuse with a new one of the same amperage rating. For example the dashboard light fuse mentioned earlier uses a 15 amp mini fuse.

Click the new fuse into place and close the fuse box. Restart your Ion and test out the new fuse.

Items you will need

  • Fuse of same rating

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Hyundai Sonata

Turn off your car before you replace a fuse. Find the fuse box, located in the passenger compartment under the dashboard on the left of the driver's side.

Remove the fuse box cover and find the location of the fuse you need on the inside of the cover. A 2000 Hyundai Sonata, for instance, houses the dashboard illumination light fuse in slot 24.

Pull the fuse out using a fuse puller or your thumb and index finger. Check the fuse to verify it's blown--indicated by a melted or broken wire.

Click a new fuse that has the same amperage rating into the slot. In the example of the illumination light fuse in Step 2, the 2000 Hyundai Sonata uses a 10 amp mini fuse.

Replace the fuse box cover and restart your car. Test out your new fuse to ensure that it's working properly.

Items you will need

  • Fuse puller

  • Same rating fuse

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Subaru Outback

Open the fuse panel and read the listing inside the cover to find the fuse you need. In the 2012 Subaru Outback, for example, the brake light fuse is in slot No. 8 of the passenger compartment fuse panel.

Pull out the fuse using your fingers or the fuse puller and check the silver wire inside. The wire in a blown fuse will be melted or broken. Push in a new fuse that has the same rating as the one you removed. The brake light example in Step 1 uses a 15A fuse.

Restart your vehicle and test the new fuse to make sure it works. If it blows again, there is a problem with that system that needs attention.

 How to Replace the Fuses in a GMC Sierra

Turn off your GMS Sierra before removing a fuse. Look under the hood for the first fuse box, located on the driver's side.

Find the other fuse box inside the Sierra on the driver's side. It's located on the edge of the instrument panel. This is a good place to check first for more common fuses if you do not have an owner's manual available to tell you the location of the fuses.

Pull off the cover to access the fuses. Read the inside of that cover to find the location of the fuses housed there. In a 2002 GMC Sierra, you'll find the power seat fuse in the slot labeled Seat.

Remove the fuse and check the wire inside. A melted or broken wire means the fuse has blown.

Find a fuse of the same rating to replace the blown one. The example in Step 3 on the power seat uses a 10-amp mini fuse.

Click the new fuse into place and shut the fuse box cover. Test out the new fuse once your restart your Sierra.

Items you will need

  • New fuse of same rating

 How to Replace the Fuse for a Corolla CE Dome Light

Turn the ignition to the “OFF” position and place the transmission in park (automatic transmission) or first gear (manual transmission). Set the parking brake and open the hood.

Locate the fuse block inside the engine compartment, between the driver’s side strut tower and air filter box.

Remove the fuse block’s cover and read the diagram on the opposite side, which shows the location of the dome light fuse.

Pull out the blown dome light fuse and replace it with the new fuse. Replace the cover and close the hood.

Switch the dome light to the “ON” position using the dome light toggle switch, located on the left side of the dome light. Verify that the dome light operates properly.

Items you will need

  • Replacement dome light fuse

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Mazda6

Begin by turning off your Mazda6. Look on the driver's side near the door and by the brake for the fuse box. Locate the second fuse box in the engine compartment near the battery.

Slide the cover straight toward you to open the fuse box inside the car or open the cover for the one in the engine compartment. Look at the inside of the cover to find the location of the fuse you need. In a 2007 Mazda6, for example, the audio fuse is in the engine compartment in slot 34.

Use the fuse puller under hood fuse block to remove the fuse you suspect is blown. Inspect the wire inside the fuse; if it's melted or broken, the fuse is bad.

Search for a fuse of the same rating to replace the blown fuse. In this instance, a 2007 Mazda6 would use a 15-amp fuse for the audio system.

Push the new fuse into place securely and close the fuse box. Once you restart the car, verify it works.

Items you will need

  • Fuse puller

  • Replacement fuse

 How to Replace the Fuses on a Harley Road Glide

Turn the ignition off and park the bike on the jiffy-stand. Remove the left side cover from your Road Glide. Depending on your year of Road Glide, this cover may pull off -- being held in place by tension clips -- or you may need to use a socket set to remove the small fairing bolts that hold it in place.

Pull the two fuse blocks out of their holder and turn them over to reveal the fuses. You need no special tool to do this, as the blocks are held in place by a tension clip only.

Use a blade-style fuse puller to remove the fuses. Blade-style pullers allow you to reach into the tight space between the fuses and pinch the fuse with the puller before pulling it out of the fuse block. Install the new fuses by pushing them into the block. Push the blocks back into the holder and reinstall the cover.

Items you will need

  • Socket set

  • Fuse puller

  • Fuse tester

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Hyundai Santa Fe

Turn off your Santa Fe to work with the fuses. Find your fuse box on the driver's side under the steering column.

Open the fuse box cover and look at the listing inside. Here you see the location of every fuse in that particular box. As an example, the fuse for the cruise control is found in slot 4.

Remove the fuse and look at the wire inside to verify it's blown, represented by a melted or split wire.

Push a new fuse of the same rating into the open spot. In the example stated in Step2 the cruise control has a 10 amp fuse rating.

Close the fuse box cover and restart your Hyundai Santa Fe. Check the new fuse to verify it works.

Items you will need

  • Replacement fuse

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Jeep Grand Cherokee

Shut off your Jeep before you replace a bad fuse. Find the fuse panel, located on the passenger's side of the car, on the right side and below the dashboard.

Open the fuse box and read the list on the inside cover. Locate the fuse needing replacement.

Pull the fuse out and look at the silver wire inside, represented by a melted or broken wire.

Find a new fuse that has the same rating as the one you removed. Verify this against the fuse box cover or the fuse itself.

Put the new fuse in and click it into place. Close the fuse box and check the new fuse to be sure it works once you restart your Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Items you will need

  • Same rating fuse

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Mitsubishi Galant

Swapping Fuses

Pull off the cover on the driver's end of the dashboard and remove the fuse puller from inside the cover. Some of the fuses are nestled close together, making it hard to get your fingers between them to grasp the one you want. Use the puller to grasp and pull the fuse straight out of the block. There are spare 20A and 30A fuses inside the cover. If you need a spare fuse of a smaller amperage, you can swap fuses with fuses from non-essential systems until you can replace them. If you need a 7.5A fuse, swap the fuse for the door mirror heater in slot No. 19. For a 15A fuse, swap the fuse in slot No. 16 for the cigarette lighter. If you need a 10A fuse, swap the fuse in the large engine compartment fuse block slot No. 23 for the radio. Don't use the radio fuse in the dashboard block; it's a 30A fuse. Never swap out a fuse with one of higher amperage.

Fuse Links

Fuses in the two smaller engine compartment fuse blocks and some of the fuses in the large block are high-current fuse links rather than plug-in fuses. If one of these fuses blow, have it replaced at an authorized service center.

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Pontiac Grand Am

Turn your car off in order to work with fuses. Find the fuse box to the left side of the instrument panel on the driver's side.

Remove the cover of the fuse panel to access the fuses. Review the inside of the cover to read what fuses are located in each slot. For instance, a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am has the turn signal fuse in the slot labeled TURN.

Use a fuse puller or your fingers and remove the fuse. Look at the wire inside and see whether it's melted or broken, an indication the fuse is bad.

Click a new fuse of the same rating into the open slot. Referencing Step 2's example, the 1998 Pontiac Grand Am uses a 10-amp fuse.

Secure the fuse box panel. Verify the new fuse is working once you restart Grand Am.

Items you will need

  • Fuse puller

  • Same rating fuse

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Mitsubishi Eclipse

Turn off your car before you replace the blown fuse. Check your owner's manual to find the location of the fuse you're replacing.

Find one fuse box is under the dashboard on the driver's side and the other in the engine compartment near the battery, also on the driver's side. Open the fuse box and find the fuse you need listed on the inside cover. For example, you'll find the fuse for your lights in the engine compartment fuse box.

Remove the fuse by pulling it straight out. Check the fuse for a burnt or melted wire, an indication the fuse is no longer good.

Push a replacement fuse of the same rating into the slot. In this example, the lights in a Mitsubishi Eclipse uses a 10 amp fuse.

Close the fuse box and restart your car. Test out the new fuse to verify it works.

Items you will need

  • Replacement fuse

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Pontiac Bonneville

Turn off your car before you work on replacing any fuses. Find the main fuse box by looking under the hood in the engine compartment.

Lift the cover of the fuse box to expose the fuses. Look at the cover to find the location of each fuse housed there. As an example, the Bonneville headlight fuses are found in slots 5 and 6.

Remove the fuse and check the middle wire. The fuse is blown if the wire is melted or broken.

Find a new fuse with the same amperage rating as the one you just took out. The headlights referenced in Step 2's example, each use a 40 amp maxi fuse, a high current fuse.

Click the new fuse into place and shut the fuse box cover. Check the functionality of the new fuse once you restart the Bonneville.

Items you will need

  • Same rating fuse

 How to Replace the Fuses in a Ford Mustang

Turn your Mustang off before you replace a fuse. Find the fuse box on the driver's side to the left of the brake pedal.

Identify the location of the fuse you wish to check by reading the list on the inside of the fuse box cover. A 2000 Ford Mustang houses its radio fuse in slot 32, for example.

Use the fuse puller inside the fuse box, or your fingers if no fuse puller is available, to pull the fuse out. Check the wire inside to see if it is melted or split and needs replaced.

Find a fuse of the same rating as the one you removed. The radio in Step 2 uses a 15-amp fuse.

Click the new fuse into place and replace the cover. Verify the new fuse works by restarting your Ford Mustang.

Items you will need

  • Fuse puller

  • New fuse with same rating