2002 Ford Windstar • 164,000 miles

Every time the brakes are stepped on the #11 fuse keeps blowing. Can't get it out of park and the brake lights won't work. Put foil over the fuse to jump it. It would then cone out of park, but the lights still wouldn't work.
November 25, 2012.

Foil on a fuse? I thought we were smarter than that by now.

A simple trick to finding a short is to replace the blown fuse with a pair of spade terminals, then use small jumper wires to connect them to a 12 volt light bulb. A brake light bulb works well. When the circuit is live and the short is present, the bulb will be full brightness and hot so be sure it's not laying on the carpet or against a plastic door panel. Now you can unplug electrical connectors and move things around to see what makes the short go away. When it does, the bulb will get dim or go out.

Nov 25, 2012.