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I don't have any tail lights or dash lights (not sure what else is not working). As soon as I replace fuse it sparks and fuse is blown. Assuming I have a short. Where do you suggest I start looking? And what all does that fuse run? Fuse panel says 20A EXT LP

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Hi Caryn:

that fuse runs all the parking lights. has this car ever been in a accident? if so I would start looking there first either a pinched or chafed wire harness. are any of the lamps full of water if so look there. finding a short ckt is not easy it's a process of elimination and following wire harness's though the car looking for a pinch or chafe. I don't have an easy answer for you I'm sorry.  

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.

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Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician

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Education/Credentials:High school diploma,2 year vocational school degree 2 year college degree. Associates degree in applied sciences (auto technology)Awards and Honors: GMC master technician

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