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Old 11-01-2010, 11:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2001 Vitara Instrument Panel/Brake light problem

I have a 2001 Vitara and I replaced the fuse for the panel and tail lights 3 times and the blew immediatly. Any suggestions? First time I did it I looked and the lights came on, second and third time it just blew when turned on.

Def need some help quick.. Been pulled over once for no tail lights and I work at night so its not fun.
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You've probably pinched / shorted a wire somewhere.

Tell us what the LAST thing you did before the problems started.

Rain? Water fording? Hooked up a ??? My "blank" started acting up just before. Added a new ??? I replaced the ??? bulb.

Do you have a trailer hitch light plug arrangement?
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Um i havn't hooked anything up and never had a trailer hitch installed. I think it just went out. Don't remember it raining around the time it stopped. I thought it was just the instrument panel so I ignored it, but when I got pulle dover they told me my tail lights were out. Now I need to get it fixed. I didnt care about the instrument panel lights.
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Then I hate to say it, but you've got a heck of an "Easter Egg" hunt on your hands trying to ID what is shorting out.

I think I'd try removing the tail light bulbs first and see if the fuse blows. If not, replace one at a time and try and narrow down a bulb / socket problem.

Maybe do the FRONT lamps next. I'd guess that it isn't in your dashboard lights at this point. They are all out of harms way for the most part.

After that, maybe a pinched / shorted WIRE leading to the tail or parking lights. Maybe you ran over something that caused the short?

Do the cig lighter sockets work? If in the same circuit, they can short out.
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During your testing, insert a bulb in the circuit instead of a fuse, it will glow until you get rid of the short to ground...
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Never thought of that!

That is a good idea.
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