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Old 08-25-2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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Hey everyone I just got done wiring and installing a pair of Explore Pro Comp 55 lights next to my mirrors on my 2004 X. I thought everything was going great till I got to the last step, whereupon I blew a few fuses and didnt get the lights to come on

This is what I am working with. I have 12v switch that runs to the power fuse in the fuse box, and I am running 18 gauge wire from the lights to the switch. I guess the energy intake was a bit much for it though because it blew three, "20" fuses and the lights never even made it on. I took some pictures of the situation to see if I could get some help from you. I could keep messing with it and maybe figure it out but I just don't really want to create a fire hazard or mess something else up.... so I figured I would ask the experts. Tell me what ya think
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Are the lights run to a relay, and then to the battery? I usually run the 12v power for the switch with an inline fuse. The terminal on the switch that goes to the lights, actually runs to the relay.

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Old 08-25-2011, 08:43 PM   #3
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18 ga. is too small for those lights which together will draw 9 amps, so I think your 20 amp fuse is plenty. Also check and make sure you don't have a hot wire going to ground because I think the lights should have come on at least for a few seconds before the fuses blew.

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Old 08-25-2011, 11:21 PM   #5
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Nope the lights never went on and the switch itself used to light up. Someone else wired in the switch before I got the jeep so I am not sure if it has a relay. If 18 is too small what should I use? The box said single lights so I assumed it would work
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Is it possible to just put a bigger fuse in? I have not done anything to the wires yet, mostly because I don't want to have to re-wire in the switch if I don't have to.
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Don't put a bigger fuse in. 20 A is plenty. The fuse is blowing because you have a short.

Trace the wiring on the switch. I see the switch is labeled, make sure the wires reach those listed destinations.

Check where the light wires go through body panels. Make sure they have not rubbed through or gotten pinched. Check the connection to the light itself, no part of it should be exposed where it could touch metal.

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