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t&t tech 
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Posted: July 16, 2009 at 5:21 PM / IP Logged  

i am an idiot wrote:
  Did you mount an overhead monitor?   Is there a lighted vanity mirror in the passenger sunvisor?  

interesting thought mr.idiot, i must say, that would have never occured to me unless i had been in the vehicle, i'm guessing you're thinking he grouned out the wire that turns on the light in the vanity mirror whilst mounting the unit, assuming of course that the unit is in the ceiling! You really should give some thought to changing that screen name of yours, it does no justice to your brilliance!headlights, taillights and cluster out - Page 3 -- posted image. , and to the original poster of this thread, sorry i couldn't offer any help, but i just had to make this comment. Cheers.

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Posted: July 16, 2009 at 6:14 PM / IP Logged  

Thanks T&T, but the name works fine for me.  They don't expect much from me. 

Just throwing this out there in case you need some help locating the short but are going broke buying fuses.  Take one of the blown fuses, grind the plastic off of a portion of each leg of the fuse.  Grind all the way to the metal.  Solder a wire to each leg of the blown fuse.  A few feet long.  Connect the other ends of the wires to a 12 volt lamp socket.  Place the appropriate lamp in the socket.  Plug the above apparatus into the fuse slot that keeps blowing.  Instead of blowing a fuse, the lamp will illuminate to full brightness.  Any time the lamp is bright, the short is still there.  Maybe you can unplug plugs and lights until you find the one that makes the light go out.  Then figure out what all is connected to that plug to narrow your problem down. 

Let's Go Brandon Brown. Congratulations on your first Xfinity Series Win. LGBFJB
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Posted: July 22, 2009 at 2:53 PM / IP Logged  
so I figured out what the problem was. the morons who installed my alarm when i first got the car taped over the fuses tied into my lights and cluster gauge, then put those taped fuse holders with fuses in a bunch of wires then taped over them so I had no idea there were fuses in there, until i took it apart and found a blown fuse. well no i figured out what the problem was with everything, too bad i now have to figure out what i did to make the headlight switch not work because thats my only problem now, all gauges work, all gauge lights work, all taillight lights work, now its just something with the wiring for the headlight switch thats all. anyone know anyway to jump it or something just to test or what wire is what for the harness for the switch or even where the relay is for the headlights, cause i tested all fuses and they are all good. thanks!
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Posted: July 22, 2009 at 3:38 PM / IP Logged  
Wow, sounds like an install shop I'd never revisit...
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Posted: July 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM / IP Logged  
yeah it will NEVER happen again, they suck. At the time, i didnt know any better because I did tknow what I know now.  But now I am just going to stick with doing everything myself this way when something happens, I know where everything is and what to do.
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