1998 Plymouth Breeze blowing 20 amp fuse when starting car

Tiny
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  • 1998 PLYMOUTH BREEZE
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 92,000 MILES
Car has a 1 year old battery.
Car has a used computer chip.

Pep-Boys had tar towed to dealearship for reprogramming.
Computer chip was reprogrammed

Alternator was tested and tested fine.
-Car ran to Ohio, Parked over night and was placed on a Marine charger overnight.
(known to have problem while driving, battery light comes on.)

Sunday Attempted to start car,
Car would do nothing when the key was turned.
battery semed dead (indicator on charger said Full Charge)

Jumped car with another car car started instantly.

Let Car run for 30 Seconds

Turned off.

PLaced back on charger

Charger indicated battery was not fully charged.

15 minutes later, battery charger indicated full charge.

Charger disconnected, car started instantly.
1/2 Hour went to start car
Car Attempted to start, stalled
Turned key off then on, car would do nothing when the key was turned.
battery semed dead
discovered that the 20 amp fuse had blown repalce fuse when starte first time started up imeaditly
when tried a second fuse blew.
repeated thseveral times same story new fuse starts first time fuse blows on second start.
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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 AT 7:04 PM

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Tiny
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Hi and thank you for the donation, it sounds like there might be a short some where in your electrical. The first thing you are going to want to do is figure out what that fuse is to and exactly what is powered by it. That is going to tell you where to start looking fo your problem. There could be a few different reasons for fuses blowing such as too much power being drawn, there could be a problem with in one of the components that is powered by the fuse, could be a simple short but there is definitly something going on. A fuse's job is to protect the vehicles wireing from haveing too much current running through it. Please respond back with what fuse it is what I powers and weather it is a fuse under the dash or in the engine compartment. Good luck!
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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 AT 3:18 PM
Tiny
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THe fuse is located above the battery in the engine compartment. It is part of the starter circute.
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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 AT 3:55 PM
Tiny
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Do is have a fuse # or fuse location? It will usually say on the back of the fuse pannel or in the owners mannuel
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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 AT 6:55 PM
Tiny
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Car is now at an electrical specialty garage.
It has 92,000 miles on it. Th fuse is a yellow 20 amp in the starter slot of fuse bank.
THey feel that the starter is going bad and that it can ocassionaly reach a point where it shorts out the 20 amp fuse. They have seen this a lot on the Breeze. Your thoughts?
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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 AT 9:20 AM
Tiny
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I guess this is a pretty common problem for the breeze, The cause for fuse failure is typically a high draw from the starter solenoid, one of the uses from this circuit. It might be intermittent or it might blow the fuse each time the starter is tried. Other sources for trouble are engine harness shorts, shorted load devices underhood (coil, injectors, oxygen sensor, etc) or the PCM itself.
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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 AT 11:44 AM

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