Is there a good way to locate a short in the electrical system of my car? It keeps blowing a fuse, which controls the instument panel.

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Asked by Feb 10, 2017 at 04:58 PM about the 1988 Honda Accord DX Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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If you have an aftermarket stereo, start there. Check the wiring going to the stereo. You can also, in the dark (no joke), get under the dash, with the circuit live, and carefully move the wiring harnesses around. Look for a spark and listen for the "pop" of the fuse blowing. That's how I found the bad ground connection on my '70 Pontiac's instrument cluster. HTH. -Jim

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I will try that. I did have an aftermarket stereo installed many years ago, w/o any problem until now, within the last week. I did install a new starter, and all was fine until now.

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You're welcome. Glad to help. -Jim

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Js08016---turns out the short was in the backup light switch. I hadn't noticed before that the instrument panel stopped working when I would put the car in reverse--until today. Happened to be looking at the panel and noticed the correlation. Fuses are cheap, so i repeated the process twice more, same result. Disconnected the switch, put in a new fuse, tranny in reverse several times-- BAM!! No more blown fuse.

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Awesome!! Very glad you found it!! Thank you very much for letting us know!! -Jim

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