If a new fuse breaks, either the fuse wasn't strong enough to handle the amps going through it or the fuse was simply bad. Each fuse is designed to handle a certain current of electricity, enumerated by a number stamped on the top of the fuse. Additionally, fuses are colour-coded based on their strength. Check the inside of the fuse panel cover for a diagram showing what components each fuse serves and how strong each fuse needs to be. Replace the new, broken fuse with one that matches the strength called for on the diagram.
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Things you need
- Fuse tester
- Fuse puller
Take the cover off the fuse panel and ground the fuse tester to a good metal ground like the metal bolts inside the door. Turn the ignition "On" to provide power to the fuses.
Touch the tip of the fuse tester to each end of the fuses. If a fuse is bad, the tester bulb will light up for one end and not the other, so it's important to test both ends.
Use a fuse puller to remove the bad fuse. A fuse puller looks like a large pair of plastic tweezers. Many new cars come with a fuse puller attached to the fuse panel. If your Honda doesn't have one any longer, you can purchase one at any auto-parts retailer, or use a pair of pliers instead.
Replace the broken fuse with a new one. Press the fuse into the available slot gently but firmly.
Tips and warnings
- Don't replace the broken fuse with a fuse stronger than it should be. Fuses also protect the components to which they're supplying energy. In the event of an energy spike, instead of the component being damaged, the fuse breaks, stopping the surge from hurting anything else.
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