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Old 04-04-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Loose fuse

New to the forum. I just bought a 95 yj with 60k miles on it. It's my 2nd
Yj. I hope someone here can help me with a problem. A fuse in the under dash
Fuse box comes loose and turns off the gauges. I need to know if there is a way to tighten the small connectors in the ..fuse box to hold the fuse tighter. Also, i
Want to make sure the " dome " fuse doesn't come loose while I'm driving. I really don't want to disconnect and remove the fuse box.

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Old 04-04-2014, 11:04 PM   #2
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That's really the only way to do it. Just rip it out, and crimp a new female spade connector in. Jam it in and bolt the fuse box back down.

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Old 04-05-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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Take a closer look at the fuse slot. If you can wiggle the fuse in the slot, the terminal is broken. The u-shaped springs that grab the fuse can and do break. The result is a fuse that doesn't always make contact with the terminal. I've had two terminals do this to me (kinda expected on a 24 year old Jeep).

So the problem with a broken fuse terminal is that there is too much room. A redneck fix for a broken terminal spring is to take a little bit of aluminum foil, fold it on itself to several times so that it is no wider than the fuse blade, but folded over enough to effective "thicken" the fuse blade. Fold this little piece of thickened foil over the fuse blade (like a taco), then insert the fuse into the spot. May take a little trial and error to get the thickness right. I have done this foil trick with success, twice. Works. But definitely redneck.

Another option would be to apply solder to the fuse blade in order to thicken the blade enough to grab what remains of the fuse terminal. Again, this is a redneck repair. Good for a temporary fix. Not going to say that either way is the right way to fix it though. It is definitely the kind of fix that would make a new owner say "WTF?!"

That said, the proper way to fix a broken terminal would be to use a new ATO fuse block terminal like this:

This would require pulling the fuse box off the firewall. And if you're gonna pull the fuse block to replace one terminal, might as well replace any other one that show any signs or wear or corrosion. Myself, I haven't got around to obtaining new fuse terminals and get by with the temporary fix.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:16 PM   #4
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Loose fuse

Thanks for the help. Where can I find the correct terminal connectors ? I'll do search on how to remove the fuse box. The forum has been really helpful about repairs and tricks that are not covered in the almost worthless Chilton manual. Thanks again for the help.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:01 PM   #5
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Not sure if local parts stores (Autozone, Kragen et.c.) carry this type of terminal. Haven't checked myself, as I'm still running with the redneck fix at the moment.

I did however come across this website which sells the fuse terminal: Repairconnector.com.
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:48 PM   #6
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tin foil

about to try to tin foil trick to see if it is my terminal. did you have to replace the terminal? what resource do you use?

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Take a closer look at the fuse slot. If you can wiggle the fuse in the slot, the terminal is broken. The u-shaped springs that grab the fuse can and do break. The result is a fuse that doesn't always make contact with the terminal. I've had two terminals do this to me (kinda expected on a 24 year old Jeep).

So the problem with a broken fuse terminal is that there is too much room. A redneck fix for a broken terminal spring is to take a little bit of aluminum foil, fold it on itself to several times so that it is no wider than the fuse blade, but folded over enough to effective "thicken" the fuse blade. Fold this little piece of thickened foil over the fuse blade (like a taco), then insert the fuse into the spot. May take a little trial and error to get the thickness right. I have done this foil trick with success, twice. Works. But definitely redneck.

Another option would be to apply solder to the fuse blade in order to thicken the blade enough to grab what remains of the fuse terminal. Again, this is a redneck repair. Good for a temporary fix. Not going to say that either way is the right way to fix it though. It is definitely the kind of fix that would make a new owner say "WTF?!"

That said, the proper way to fix a broken terminal would be to use a new ATO fuse block terminal like this:

This would require pulling the fuse box off the firewall. And if you're gonna pull the fuse block to replace one terminal, might as well replace any other one that show any signs or wear or corrosion. Myself, I haven't got around to obtaining new fuse terminals and get by with the temporary fix.

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