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Old 02 Nov 2011, 12:46 am
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Default How do you check if a Fuse is blown in a Honda Accord?

Okay, I have a 96 Honda Accord, and I would like to know how you check to see if there is a blown fuse? Right now, my car is not starting at all. There's no power to anything (No lights, no windows, no locks, etc etc.). I had the battery replace, and that lasted less than 24 hours. The car shut down again, again with no power to anything. Naturally, I tried to get my car jumped to force some power into it, but nothing happened. The lights came on dimly, the inside and out, but the car still did not start. We called our local mechanic, and he suggested to check the Fuses to make sure nothing was blown. After explaining to him the symptoms of the car he ruled out the alternator because there was no feedback, and we're still on the fence about the battery because there was no power at all.

Does anybody have any suggestions?

I took the old battery to a car shop and they tested it to see how much juice was left in it. It's well over 75%, but we're getting it charged now as I speak, so I'm somewhat left at what to do. It could be the alternator, but both guys keep telling me it's not because there's no kind of feedback when you try to start the car. I would think, even if it were the alternator I would still be able to turn on my headlights or something, but even that is impossible right now. Everything in the car, to my knowledge is dead. When we put in a different battery though there was a faint clicking sound in the car, if I had my turn-signals on, but again, that didn't last long and nothing started in the end like the first few attempts.

It turns out it wasn't the alternator. I got it checked twice, and each time it passed the test, so that's clean. Thus far, I've ruled out the battery, battery fuse, and alternator. It could be the fuse to the alternator like I suggested, but I'm not sure. Someone suggested the fuse. Does anybody agree?
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Old 02 Nov 2011, 01:01 am
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If the battery is completely dead, many times you can not jump start it. You need to put the battery on a charger. Many times when a battery is too dead you can not jump start the vehicle. Or at the very least you need to leave the vehicle connected to the the jumper cables for 10 minutes or more before attempting to start the dead vehicle to charge the dead battery.

It is highly unlikely this as simple as a blown fuse. I strongly suspect a bad alternator or bad voltage regulator.

Try this. You will need a volt meter set as close to the 24 volt DC range as possible.

First, remove the battery cables and clean them with a wire brush and a mixture of baking soda and water. Inspect the battery terminals for corrosion. If you can not completely remove the corrosion with the wire brush replace the battery cables. When reconnecting the battery cables put a light coat of dielectric grease on the terminal ends and the battery terminals.

Fully charge the battery on battery charger. One of the modern fully automatic microprocessor controlled battery chargers works best. However a manual battery charger will work if this is all you have. With a manual battery charger you will be guessing when the battery is fully charged. From 4 to 6 hours.

Once the battery is fully charged place the leads of the volt meter across the battery terminals. It should read 12 volts. Now start the engine and repeat. The meter should now read between 14 to 16 volts. If it is not between this range your alternator is not charging your battery.

If you are not mechanically inclined, bring the car to a reputable independent mechanic. If you are mechanically inclined proceed to the next step.

Do not arbitrarily replace the alternator. Instead, remove the alternator and bring it to your favorite automotive parts store. Have them bench test your alternator. Most will do this for free. DO not replace the alternator unless it fails testing.
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Old 02 Nov 2011, 01:16 am
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pull each fuse out and look at them. there,s a little wire inside the fuse that burns off when it blows.
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Old 02 Nov 2011, 01:31 am
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when you go buy fuses they sell a little fuse tester its only 1 2 dollars but it has a light so it couldn't get any easier to check fuses
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