How to Reset an Automotive Circuit Breaker

by Richard Asmus

Every electrical accessory or gadget in your car has a fuse to protect it. When a fuse blows, it breaks the connection, and you have to replace the fuse to re-establish the circuit for the accessory or gadget to operate. But some auto manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers have provided circuit breakers that replace fuses in the fuse panel. If an overload occurs, the breaker "trips" or opens. All you have to do is reset it. To do this, you need to know enough about your car to find the fuse panel and remove the cover without specific instructions.

Step 1

Find the circuit-breaker panel of your car and remove the cover.

Step 2

Look at all the fuses and breakers, using the flashlight. Find the tripped breaker. It will have a small button in the center, and the button will be popped out. The button on a breaker that is not tripped will be almost flush with the surface. A tripped button will stick out about a quarter of an inch.

Step 3

Push the button in until it clicks into place.

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