Continuous blowing of 10amp fuse to dash instrument panel and speedometer.

I am constantly replacing the fuse for the speedometer and instrument panel in the glove box. I've noticed when I turn my steering wheel hard lefr I can hear it blow. Could this be an issue with wiring around the steering column?

My car has 175000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
The quick answer is yes, there is a short in the steering column. On some of the columns when you turn sharp you also move the tilt, and if a harness is not protected in the column, the wiring can get shorted to metal. I suggest you have the steering column checked to see if the column switch wiring is getting shorted. This should be done by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to avoid setting off the air bag. The column covers will need to be removed and the wiring inspected and repaired as needed. After that, the column should be checked for looseness and also repaired as needed.

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Yes, a blown fuse can cause a speedometer to stop working. The speedometer fuse is located in the fuse box and controls the power supply to both the speedometer and odometer.
The instrument cluster fuse, also known as the dashboard fuse, powers the gauges and displays on your vehicle`s dashboard. This includes the speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, and temperature gauge.
Most modern vehicles have a fuse box located under the hood and another under the dashboard. The fuses for your instrument panel lights and the gauge cluster should be located under the dashboard or behind a panel near the driver`s side door.
If all the gauges in a car suddenly stop working, it`s typically due to a broken fuse or faulty wiring. To start troubleshooting, you`ll need to locate the fuse associated with the instrument cluster. Once you`ve identified the fuse, you can inspect it to determine if it has blown or needs to be replaced.
In speedometer controllers of this type that use a detection signal from a vehicle speed sensor, the detection signal from the vehicle speed sensor is transmitted through a powertrain control module (hereinafter referred to as “PCM”).
A blown fuse can cause a complete or partial failure of instrument cluster functions. Remember that an open fuse can indicate an underlying electrical problem. There could be a short circuit in the wiring or inside the cluster.
A speedometer indicates speed via a circular permanent magnet that rotates 1,000 revolutions per mile of vehicle travel. This motion is initiated by a flexible shaft driven by gears at the rear of the transmission.
The output speed sensor is also known as the vehicle speed sensor in a vehicle. It transmits a signal to the transmission control unit, informing it of the vehicle`s speed. Failure of the speed sensor is a common reason for taking the car to the mechanic.
In modern cars, all of the sensors are connected to the ECU, and the ECU sends all the relevant information to the instrument cluster. Instrument clusters are connected to the vehicle with a wiring harness.
Chances are the fuse under the hood is blown. If it keeps blowing then you have a short between the battery and the fuse panel under the hood. If the fuse under the dash keeps blowing, chances are there`s a cut wire under your trunk lid. Its pretty common.
While the key is in the ignition, hold down the instrument panel reset button located next to the odometer or fuel gauge. Continue holding the reset button and turn the headlights on. Keep holding the reset button and turn the key to the second position but do not start the car.
Push and release the Sel/reset button button 3 times repeatedly. The instrument cluster begins its self-test. Each successive press of the Sel/reset button initiates a new cycling of all the gauges. To end, turn the ignition switch to OFF, or vehicle speed exceeds 1.5 mph.
Like all automotive electrical systems, the dash lights have a fuse designed to go bad and disconnect the circuit when too much power is introduced to the system. This protects components on the circuit from damage. Sometimes, a fuse will go bad for no other reason other than it`s old.

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Continuous blowing of 10amp fuse to dash instrument panel and speedometer.
ANSWER : The quick answer is yes, there is a short in the steering column. On some of the columns when you turn sharp you also move the tilt, and if a harness is not protected in the column, the wiring can get shorted to metal. I suggest you have the steering column checked to see if the column switch wiring is getting shorted. This should be done by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to avoid setting off the air bag. The column covers will need to be removed and the wiring inspected and repaired as needed. After that, the column should be checked for looseness and also repaired as needed.

Car blows ecm run/start fuse after starting and then dies replaced fuse and repeats
ANSWER : Hi there. Typically when this issue occurs, damage will be instant – meaning if it’s going to damage the ECU, replacing the fuses would not help start the vehicle. So, at first glance, I would assume the ECU is OK. What is more likely is that you have an exposed wire somewhere that is causing the fuses to pop. Trying to diagnose these issues can be tricky sometimes, so it might be a good idea to have a professional mechanic complete an electrical problems inspection to isolate why you’re having these issues and recommend the right repairs.

installed a stereo but blew a fuse going to the lights on my dash board gauges (speedometer, gas gauge, rpm, etc).
ANSWER : The best thing to do is check all the fuses. It is entirely possible you have blown more than one fuse as well some fuses supply power to other fuses. I rarely look up the location of a fuse in an information system as this sort of information has a high rate of inaccuracy. Most vehicles will have a panel that labels each fuse anyhow. This will always be far more accurate. If you find any blown fuses, no matter what they power, replace them.

The best way to test a fuse is with a test light. This will enable you to check them all quickly. Spade style fuses have metal exposed on the back side that you can quickly test them without removing them one at a time.

Often times, fuses will power multiple systems. If you suspect the tail lights are not working, simply test them. If you should replace the fuses and it blows again, disconnect the stereo and see if the problem persists. Definitely double check the supplied wiring diagram with the stereo and I strongly suggest getting a hold of a factory diagram for your car so you can make sure you are indeed connecting to the correct circuits.

If you should need further assistance, I recommend having an expert inspect the electrical system for you in order to pinpoint the right fix.

Fuse continually blows when A/C is turned on
ANSWER : Hello there. This is a common issue with the Suzuki Vitara. There are a few different faults that could cause the fuse to blow repeatedly and the AC not to function. When a fuse repeatedly blows, this is typically an indication of a larger issue. Rarely does replacing the fuse resolve the issue in the long run. Likely causes for this include: a wiring short, wire harness damage, high AC pressure, the compressor clutch, or a failing AC switch. If you would like to have this resolved, a certified mechanic from YourMechanic, can come to your car’s location to inspect the AC system firsthand to determine the best fix.

Instrument cluster on the dash, tachometer bounces, speedometer at 0. Unplugged ABS module, speedometer at 0. doesn’t shift gears
ANSWER : Hello. There are a lot of possible issues that can cause this. Most of the time this is either due to a short in the ABS module or it may just be a voltage issue. I would usually start by making sure that the battery and alternator are in good shape. If they are good, then I check the connections at the battery and the ground connections. Any of these will cause this issue if they are interrupting the voltage supply. If those are all fine, then it will need a new ABS module. I recommend having another expert provide an inspection for the car. A qualified professional from YourMechanic can inspect the relevant electrical systems in order to diagnose the problem and advise you on correct repairs.

Brakes work just fine; ABS light on, speedometer non-responsive; put fuse in, and this corrects the problem and then the fuse blow
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. When a fuse blows repetitively the circuit is picking up excessive power from somewhere in the system. These issues can be difficult to trace out, but are typically done with a multi-meter. Due to the number of components that can be attributed to this, the diagnostic process can be lengthy. A wiring diagram will be beneficial for this if attempting to do it at home. Due to the ABS warning light being on, you will want to scan the vehicle for codes. There may be a code saved that will help point you in a direction that will make diagnosis easier. For more help with this type of electrical testing, contact our service department.

Passenger seat heater not working properly.
ANSWER : Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The book says that you can use a 15, 20, 25, or 30 amp fuse. The power to the heaters are operated through the wiring to the main harness. There could have been a wire tied into it to make the seat work on the same circuit as the driver seat. This is common to find in the vehicles.

You can try putting a 15 amp fuse in the slot and see if the seat works. Try to avoid using a high amp fuse for if there is a problem with the heater you don’t want to burn it. If nothing seems to work, then the heater in the seat has failed and needs replaced.

If you need further assistance troubleshooting your vehicle, then seek out a technician, such as one from Your Mechanic, that can assist you with a seat inspection at your home or office. Best of luck.

Car not starting, replaced battery and alternator fuse but now inside fuses are blowing and still not starting
ANSWER : Hi there. It is quite possible that you have an exposed electrical wire or a short somewhere in the electrical system that is the root source of your starting issue. A fuse or relay will continue to break when the circuit is unable to complete. This is typically due to a wire that is pinched, frayed or a ground wire connection that is faulty. Due to the multiple possible sources of this problem, I would recommend having one of our experienced mobile mechanics come to your location to complete an electrical problems inspection, so they can determine the root source of this issue and recommend the right repairs.