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Keep blowing my turn signal fuse

Hi all,
I'm suddenly running into a frustrating issue. I'm not sure what's causing it, but the fuse for my turn signals (not the flasher) keeps blowing.

I'm not sure what's causing it, and they'll work for a while, but then suddenly....no turn signals. I'll pull the fuse to look and it's blown.

Any ideas? I've had this truck for nearly 7 years and have never had any electrical issues, so I'm not too well versed in tracking them down.

So far, though, I can't find any one thing that causes it. Tried turning on and off various different systems, like the door lights, windshield wipers, starting it, turning it off, etc. Ie. systems that randomly change. Nothing seems to do anything.

Then, I'll just suddenly notice while driving....they've stopped working again and the fuse is blown.



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i had the same problem with my 82, mine was trailer wiring was all jacked. had all kinds of expose wires cleaned them up and works fine
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Thanks, I'll be sure to check those. Maybe a wire wore through.


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on my 86 the turn fuse kept blowing but it was the hazard switch that caused the problem.small plastic cover on side of switch kept shorting out against wheel
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I checked my trailer wiring (it's only about a year old) and it was tip top. Not sure what to check on my hazard switch, but on that point, the hazard lights still work. Just not the individual L/R.

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Take the lights offf and check your connections see if there anything exposed. does it happen as soon as you turn your signal on?
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have you replaced any bulbs lately? I have seen where guys use the wrong ones and create shorts.

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disconnect your trailer wiring all together just to double check that, id put my money on the multifunction switch though, i had the same kind of problem

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The only thing I've done in the last few weeks was pulled the instrument cluster out to look at some information printed on the back of it. It just has the one big plug (which I've since double checked to be sure it was in securely). Other than that, this issue has come out of the blue. No working on wiring, changing bulbs, etc.

I also can't pinpoint when it happens. The signals will work for a day or so, and then I'll just notice that they're not coming on. Fuse blown. There isn't anything I've found that I can do that results in immediate fuse blowing.

The trailer wiring is a simple four prong plug, and the connections are all good.



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id put my money on the multifunction switch though
Which switch are you referring to?


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Under the drivers side dash. Looks like a sort of 1/3 of a circle... If you can't find it I'll get a picture later

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I had the same problem. replaced the fuse with a 20 amp 120VAC circuit breaker. works fine, lasts a long time, has very few moving parts.
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Under the drivers side dash. Looks like a sort of 1/3 of a circle... If you can't find it I'll get a picture later
I'm not sure what switch you're talking about. What switch is it? (Not necessarily what it looks like.)

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I had the same problem. replaced the fuse with a 20 amp 120VAC circuit breaker. works fine, lasts a long time, has very few moving parts.
Hope it doesn't come to that. I'd rather track down what's causing it first.


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The multifunction switch referred to in post #8 is the combination turn signal/windshield wiper, etc. switch.
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The multifunction switch referred to in post #8 is the combination turn signal/windshield wiper, etc. switch.
The 80-86 is a bit different and those are all independent of each other.

There's two pull knobs on the dash. One's the headlights and dome light. The other is the windshield wipers.
The highbeam switch is on the floor.
And the turn signal switch/lever is on the column.

I *think* they're all independent systems and have different fuses.


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Hi everyone.

Any more ideas? Are there any systematic ways I can go about tracking this down? Could anything have happened when I removed and reinstalled the instrument cluster? (I've confirmed it's fully plugged in, but still).

I'm not further to solving this and still have no turn signals.


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Brake, Turn, Hazard Lights Inoperative, Similar to 80-91 Bronco & F-Series;"...have a friend stand behind your truck and when you are pressing the brake pedal move the turn signal arm ever so slightly, if the brake like comes on, your switch is shorted out and must be replaced..."
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Only other thing I can recommend now is to pull connectors and use a meter to rest for shorts on each conductor using the only diagram I have right now;
Turn, Tail, Brake, Head Light, Hazard & Ignition Wiring Diagram for 84 Bronco & F-Series (partial); "...Similar to 80-91 Bronco & F-Series..."
Source: by Steve83 (Steve, That dirty old truck) at http://www.supermotors.net/clubs/sup...media/714912_1


Turn Signal Switch Connector Location in Parts Break-Out Diagram in an 83; similar to 80-91
Source: by Seabronc (Rosie, Fred W) at http://broncozone.com/index.php?app=...attach_id=3014

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I actually had the same problem occur when I was messing with my alarm system one day. I have a 95 and I use emty fuse areas within my inner fuse panel to power my alarm. Anyway, I had grounded out a different fuse on accident and this caused my turn signals not to work, while my hazards still worked.

Are you saying your blowing the round fuse? Mine was never actually blown, so make sure you don't have a wire grounded somewhere.

I'm at work so I hope I wrote that clearly, just my .02
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The wire runs from the dash area to the back of the truck, and if it's anything like mine was, it's inside the frame rail under the truck. It could have gotten snagged on something or the outer jacket could have been rubbed off because your trans mount is wasted and every time you punch it from a standing stop you move the wiring harness just a little bit.

Get an ohm meter/multi meter and and some 14 gauge wire and check resistance. If it's high then you've likely got an intermittent short somewhere and that's why it works for a while then blows.
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Are you saying your blowing the round fuse? Mine was never actually blown, so make sure you don't have a wire grounded somewhere.
It's actually the 15amp fuse in the fuse panel that keeps blowing.

However, someone at the parts store suggested that since the fuse for the turn signals keeps blowing but the hazards still work, that a 'quick and easy' check would be to swap the big round flasher fuses to see if a dying turn signal flasher keeps blowing the fuse.

I tried it and it's been about four days and my fuse hasn't blown again.
Hopefully it'll stay that way. If so, I'll just buy a new flasher.

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The wire runs from the dash area to the back of the truck, and if it's anything like mine was, it's inside the frame rail under the truck. It could have gotten snagged on something or the outer jacket could have been rubbed off because your trans mount is wasted and every time you punch it from a standing stop you move the wiring harness just a little bit.
The tabs on my transmission have broken off, so it's not even held down anymore. So yeah....it probably moves around.

If the above doesn't work, I'll check the wiring under the truck.


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So, have you stopped blowing fuses? Mine has started doing this recently, and I was interested to see if that solved you problem.


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