From my email inbox: Due to frequent loading & unloading of the car which often takes time, I remove the trunk courtesy light bulb and block the door switches to save battery. When pushing the bulb back into the socket I usually blow a fuse. The blown fuse takes out the interior lights as well. Schedule never permitted investigation of the problem and a fuse was a quick access and fix.
Then came the moment when I had no spare fuse.
The fuse block is labeled for circuit application of each fuse. Well. There is another fuse block, not specked in the manual etc with no identity of the fuses.
Normally, this second block is not visible. The central fuse block is covered by a removable access door in the console side panel. This second block is behind the panel with no access.
However, due to "interior modification", this second block was fully exposed and I had long forgotten the territory for primary fuse block access.
That being the case. In a mad rush to get going last winter after popping a fuse. I reasoned this block, with such a variety of fuses and no significant markings was a courtesy spare fuse supply of which has been supplied by manufacturers at times. It was greater than I had ever seen -- but then again there was a wide range of fuse values in the main block. Clearly I was operating from another planet at the time.
The fuse transfer took place with no side affects to vehicle operation and my assumption there was a set of spares provided was justified.
Later on, another "trans fusion" took place. Well, the radio had a habit of blipping off and then back on -- nothing new -- just figured it had the big blip and was finally gone as the fuse in the main block for the radio was OK.
Yet another "trans fusion" to the rescue! By this time one would think by now I would not care about the trunk courtesy light working.
Riv will not start. There was no time to investigate and it was winter.
Spring -- by this time who remembers the critical sequence of lights out and fuse transfer.
Investigation revealed no fuel supply. I did have a fuel pump suddenly fail in a Suburban. Stopped at the store -- came out -- nothing. So, after preliminaries I determined the fuel pump is history. Upon removal I do a quick check to verify. The pump works by direct battery connection -- so there must be a circuit problem of which there is no time to check. I become the controller of fuel supply.
The wipers suddenly took on a operation sequence without request. Yanked the fuse and normal operation resumed - so the fuse was not replaced as there were no side effects for vehicle operation.
Recently an excursion required removal of the trunk lid for cargo space. Reassembly. Yes, . "Trans fusion"!
The car was not used for several days following the latest fuse replacement.
Getting ready to head out -- the computer screen is showing engine & vehicle system failure and stating low oil pressure -- the dash not only indicates check engine but now messages there is an electrical failure.
I had fuel and great fire. Ether to the air intake gave immediate starting results. Why are the injectors not stoking the fire! And where did all of the problems arise from? If the security system, oil pressure, fuel pressure regulator fail or the ECM has issues the injectors will not spit a bit of fuel.
All checked out. Then I looked at the fuse block with 3 of 8 fuses left.
FUSE ROBBER has paid several fines, been humiliated, and replaced all stolen fuses -- the trunk courtesy fixture has been EXTRACTED.
Except for the check engine light being on for "engine controls", which has been on for years -- the Riv is rollin'
2carpros have been great with assistance in troubleshooting and supplying data for tracing the system at hand.
All is good? Take care!
Saturday, September 12th, 2009 AT 7:09 AM