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Old 01-10-2011, 10:33 PM
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Default Electrical Starting Problem - Blowing Fuse

I own a '98 Sebring Jxi 6-cyl. Conv. that is blowing the 20-amp fuse, #8 Ignition fuel starter, located in the engine compartment fuse box. The problem started after a big rain just sitting, not driving (co-incidence?) It only happens when I try to start the car. The fuse does not blow with the key in the ignition position, but when I try to crank the engine over -the fuse blows. I get no error lights and lose the display when the fuse blows. I hear nothing, no clicking, no relay engaging because the fuse blows first. I eliminated the starter by removing the cable running to the starter - but the fuse still blows. The battery is charged and even jumping the battery didn't keep the fuse from blowing, so it's not a weak battery problem. Radio on or off makes no difference. I checked the resistance on all the relays. Since they all are the same P/N I moved them around but this didn't change anything either, so I don't think it's a relay problem. Any ideas?
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:33 PM
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a wire or what ever the fuse powers up is shorting it out
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:22 AM
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Default I had the same problem...

the starter was arcing out on the nearest metal. We pried it alittle further away and it has not returned. I was going through about 10 or so fuses a week for about a 6 months before my buddy had it lifted up and noticed how close it was. I hope this helps.
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:48 PM
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Ive seen quite a few of these which can go either way...It isnt nearly out of the question for a starter motor itself to do this.
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