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Old 10-09-2008, 04:52 PM   #1
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OK, so I have an '01 SLE. When I bought it, I found out that the cigarette lighter and all of the interior bulbs (reading, courtesy, illuminated entry, trunk) didn't work. The cigarette lighter was a blown fuse... changed it, no problem. I checked the fuse for the rest of the lights and that was good still... but no light. It may be something else, but I want to change the bulbs anyway.

I can change the trunk and courtesy bulbs no problem. But I can't figure out how to get at the bulbs for the overhead reading lights. Any suggestions?

(If there'* a thread elsewhere, can someone point me to it?)
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OK, never mind... I just got the car, and didn't know there was a fuse box in the back. Apparently I have much to learn.

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There'* another fuse box under the hood too.
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Yeah, I checked that one. The one under the seat is where the interior light fuse is located.
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The question is when you change the fuse does it blow again? That'* my problem. Your thread is my problem too
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The question is when you change the fuse does it blow again? That'* my problem. Your thread is my problem too
Hasn't yet. I changed the fuse on Thursday and the lights are still good on Sunday. Maybe in a few days it will blow, but I seriously doubt it. Are you using the right size fuse? One too small may blow quickly. Make sure it'* a 10A fuse.

I saw other threads about checking the relays and stuff. You may want to search for other threads that talk about that.
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I did what you arent supposed to do and i put in a bigger fuse to see if thats what it was. it still blew out. it was very nice having lights for a little while. Do you think it could be one shorted bulb ruining everything else?
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Sounds like a dead short on a wire. You will need to start checking for something that is or was pinched.
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i really hate that answer. i tell my customers that all the time. Pretty much i got to find the hot lead and trace it to the frame right.
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Ya, I didn't like saying it either. That'* just one of those things that'* going to be a pain. But then again, you might get lucky and find it. Can't think of any obvious places to start looking. Did you mke any changes to the car, installing a gauge or radio or speakers or anything like that? Try pulling each socket and inspecting it for damage.
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