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CHEVY FUSES BLOWN

1980 Chevrolet Truck

Electrical problem
1980 Chevy Truck V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 350000 miles

my 1980 chevy truck blows a fuse when I step on the break pedal or turn on the running lights. I have checked for shorts and bad grounds and corroision and it is still blowing fusses. Bulbs are fine sockets are fine and up until a week ago everythig worked fine. It all leads me to beleive it is a dead short but I cannot find one, can you think what I might be missing. Help please.
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Vibeck
July 28, 2009.



Hello, which fuse is blowing, does it have a label, amp rating? My wiring info on your model year is limited, it shows the brake lites and taillights use separate fuses. Are you blowing only one fuse?

There may be a connector under the rear of the vehicle to disconnect all the rear lites. Unplug it. Use a testlite on the fuse terminals, instead of blowing all your fuses. If the testlight comes on, it's going to ground somewhere.

If I know which wire has the short to ground and it runs from front to back, I don't locate the short, I clip the wire front and back, leave enough of a pigtail to splice onto at both ends, run a new wire, Usually I just let the wire lay on the ground for testing. If everything works ok, then I worry about how to place the wire, so it is up and out of the way.

JDL
Jul 28, 2009.