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Old 04-17-2009, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a real quick and stupid question to ask. Lately (past week) my 10 FUSE for my Rear Brake Light keeps getting toasted. I have a Clear Alternatives Integrated Tail Light and this has never happen to me before. The red brake portion dies out but I can still use my orange left and right blinkers. I tried to check the wires to see if anything was touching bare metal that makes it keep blowing a fuse. However, I didn't check everything completely with my tail fairing off. Is that what is making me blow my fuse? Any help will be greatly apprecaited. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you got a short somewhere for sure

Here is a tip to avoid you burning 100 of fuses, take a HeadLight Bulb, and wire it to a blown fuse, then put that fuse back into your fusebox, and play, pull, push wires from your tail light all over the place to try to reproduce the short. Since the Watt for your taillight is very low, the headlight won't light up, but when you have a short and the fuse would blow, the headlight will light up and drain enough power to 'protect' your electric circuit. This will help you finding the source of your short more easily and help you saving on fuses

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Old 04-17-2009, 11:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would definitely check the light out itself. If you still have your stock tail light, throw it in there and just brake constantly and see what happens. Figure out if its in the wiring or the light itself.

Or you could do the cheap thing, and go by your local shop and pick up a mini 25 fuse and put it in there. Should stop the fuse from blowing.
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Thanks for your advice guys! I'm gonna try all of that when I get home from work.

But a quick question. Fuses have different numbers. (10, 15, 25, etc). What do they mean? And by putting a 25 Fuse in my 10 Fuse Tail will that mess something up? Why didn't they put 25 fuse in there to begin with? lol
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Thanks for your advice guys! I'm gonna try all of that when I get home from work.

But a quick question. Fuses have different numbers. (10, 15, 25, etc). What do they mean? And by putting a 25 Fuse in my 10 Fuse Tail will that mess something up? Why didn't they put 25 fuse in there to begin with? lol
The number is the amperage. And yes it will make a difference if you put a fuse w/higher amperage in. The reason that a specific amperage is chosen is to ensure that the fuse will blow before any other component of the circuit. By putting a higher amperage fuse in you are overruling that safety mechanism...

In short, don't do it...
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^agreed. your tail light should pull .1A at most unless there are tons of LED's in there. Six of my green 24 LED strips (144 LEDs) pulls .65A. If you put something too high in there (like more than 10A) you can fry the circuitry of LEDs themselves. Things like the starter motor get higher numbers because they can and do use that much current; LEDs can't. I've gotten them to actually explode before.

There is a short somewhere. Trouble is it could be anywhere between the fuse and the LED's themselves. Electrical work is a bitch, trust me.
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Thanks for your advice guys! I'm gonna try all of that when I get home from work.

But a quick question. Fuses have different numbers. (10, 15, 25, etc). What do they mean? And by putting a 25 Fuse in my 10 Fuse Tail will that mess something up? Why didn't they put 25 fuse in there to begin with? lol
The good rating fuse will burn when you have an electric problem asking why not 25 is just like asking: why did they put fuse there anyway?? :P the answer is: to protect you :P

do the headlight trick so you won't burn all your fuse and play with cables, shake the thing up.. to find how to reproduce it
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Does the fuse only blow when you hit just one of the two brake levers? If it only blows with the front brake lever it's most likely the wire that wraps around the steering column, or the lever switch. If it is the rear brake lever you can look in that general area as well.

Adding a bigger fuse is like getting kicked in the balls, using bigger boots doesn't stop getting kicked in the balls, it makes it worse. lol
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Thanks for your advice guys! I'm gonna try all of that when I get home from work.

But a quick question. Fuses have different numbers. (10, 15, 25, etc). What do they mean? And by putting a 25 Fuse in my 10 Fuse Tail will that mess something up? Why didn't they put 25 fuse in there to begin with? lol
i dont mean to be an ass...but..you WERE joking right?
are there people(adults) that really dont know stuff like that?

wait..n/m....i did have a guy(50+) question whether he had rear brakes on his car. he said "its only got brakes on the front right?"
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do you still have the stock tail light laying around? if so, plug it in, see if you still have the problem. if no problem, mabye the circuit board in the LED light is junk.
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