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Unread 02-14-2011, 11:14 AM   #1
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HELP - DEAD TJ - Electrical Problem

Well I really did it this time. This winter my windshield wipers kept blowing fuses. This was happening during a week of blizzards here in MN, so as you can guess wipers were essential. One night after working I needed the wipers to work and I was out of spare fuses so I used a small wire and completed the circuit in the wiper fuse compartment. Worked perfectly and sparingly. The next morning I had to run a few errands and forgot about my rigging and put on the wipers. Within a minute the fuse blew and I smelled singed plastic/wire coating. After that, the Jeep was dead. The cluster would not light up. No noises made when turning the key. However the door open bing bing bing works fine.

I replaced and checked to the best of my knowledge all the fuses and relays behind the glove box and under the hood.

The Jeep is the most reliable thing in my life and I need her back.
I hope someone here can help

Thank you in advance.

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Unread 02-14-2011, 01:54 PM   #2
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Your problem is going to be in the same place it was before, providing everything else was fused properly. You may have added to the problem by introducing heat to a wire bundle and shorting more wires but it most likey is going to be somewhere near your wiper circuitry.
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Unread 02-14-2011, 09:35 PM   #3
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Your problem is going to be in the same place it was before, providing everything else was fused properly. You may have added to the problem by introducing heat to a wire bundle and shorting more wires but it most likey is going to be somewhere near your wiper circuitry.
Great feedback. I will check out the wire bundles as far as I can and re-check all the fuses again.

Everything was previously fused properly. Ive owned her for 10 years now and no problems until recently.
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Unread 02-15-2011, 08:17 AM   #4
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Dude, I hate to say it. But If the Jeep is the most reliable thing in your life. You had better do something about that.
Eeeek! Stay away from my electrical system.
It sounds like you fried some other wires now too. Unscrew the fuse box from the firewall and inspect wiring closely. Look for melted wires. I would advise to disconnect battery before you do anything. It doesn't sound good. Good luck.
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Unread 02-15-2011, 10:45 PM   #5
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Well I really did it this time. This winter my windshield wipers kept blowing fuses. This was happening during a week of blizzards here in MN, so as you can guess wipers were essential. One night after working I needed the wipers to work and I was out of spare fuses so I used a small wire and completed the circuit in the wiper fuse compartment. Worked perfectly and sparingly. The next morning I had to run a few errands and forgot about my rigging and put on the wipers. Within a minute the fuse blew and I smelled singed plastic/wire coating. After that, the Jeep was dead. The cluster would not light up. No noises made when turning the key. However the door open bing bing bing works fine.

I replaced and checked to the best of my knowledge all the fuses and relays behind the glove box and under the hood.

The Jeep is the most reliable thing in my life and I need her back.
I hope someone here can help

Thank you in advance.
A couple of your comments seem contradictory and confusing however, the purpose of a fuse is to protect wiring from current above the rated capacity. I would guess that without the protection of the fuse, something else failed due to overcurrent and is now preventing power flow. The last vehicle I rewired had a couple of wires with in-line fuseable links feeding the fuse panel. Not sure about your specific vehicle but if it's wired similarly, you could have a burnt link. Otherwise, then it's likely a burnt wire or connection.
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