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Old 05-31-2006, 11:43   #1 (permalink)
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2001 Grand Marquis LS Premium

Hi all,
I just purchased the car previously mentioned with around 22,000 miles, I was driving it when suddenly a hard rain started; then digital instrumentation panel (Gauges) digital A/C (EATC module) as well as interior lights, etc went off.
Then I realized the 15 amp fuse burned out; I proceeded to replace it and it burned out immediately.
Is this a commong electrical issue over these cars or an isolated one?
If so; how did you get it solved?
Please advise.
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Old 05-31-2006, 19:12   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds like you're shorting out somewhere and the rain is allowing such a current cross that it blows fuses. Does it act the same when it's dry?
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:42   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your quick response freshmeat,
Actually it is acting the same way when not raining (dry); some guy told me sometimes the root cause of that kind of shorts is anyone of the front doors was hit with another car or some other object; since when the window gets down it does it slowly; but I relate this issue to some other problem since doors as well as entire car body shows no dents or bumps. I believe that's more of a window motor issue.
Some electrician advised me on putting in a new module or to cancel the whole wire line however I wouldn't have some of the features the car has as functional.
Still the electronic module is pretty expensive ($550 USD) that's why I'm looking for your advice considering your experience with Ford vehicles.
Please advise.
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Old 06-01-2006, 22:33   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 Grand Marquis LS Premium

It's a short somewhere,but, don't change anything until you locate the short. What is the listing for the burned fuse on the panel
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Old 06-01-2006, 23:35   #5 (permalink)
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Fernando- did you ever live in Louisiana? (personal question, my own curiosity)

I'd say trace the power wire running from the fuse block to wherever it goes. It'll most likely be that one that's shorted out, since it's blowing instantly- that's the wire carrying the most current. It's definitely on the side that runs to your instrument panel and such.
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Yep ,Freshmeat is right, your problem is most likely in that line .
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Old 06-06-2006, 16:46   #7 (permalink)
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Freshmeat and Ryoder,
This is an update; the damn short was in the sun visors vanity mirror lights; the bad situation was that since I was driving under severe heat conditions (104 degrees); leather seats were really hot, I put a higher amp fuse in order to force the A/C to work as well as into check gas status. the whole line got burned and I was lucky the car didn't got into a fire.
Also I was told by the electrician specialist a two relays of one electronic module got burned as well.
The electrical line got fixed by installing new wiring; and instead of purchasing a new complete module four relays were installed making the work of the two bad ones.
Conclusion: I was about to spend around $1,100 usd; instead I just spent $250 usd. Still I'm in doubt if b/c of these fixings I could have some other consequent issue in the near future.
BTW; I haven't lived in Louisiana but Mexico and Texas (I wish though)
You guys take care and thanks for your support
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you say the line to the sunvisor did this. Is that all you had to replace was the line running to the vanity mirror. I am asking because my 92 crown vic will blow all the interior light if I pull the sunvisor to block the drivers window if it hangs to far down the lights start acting up until the fuse blows so I just stopped doing that but i do have a whole parts car here i can get those wires from
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Old 06-16-2006, 11:38   #9 (permalink)
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you say the line to the sunvisor did this. Is that all you had to replace was the line running to the vanity mirror. I am asking because my 92 crown vic will blow all the interior light if I pull the sunvisor to block the drivers window if it hangs to far down the lights start acting up until the fuse blows so I just stopped doing that but i do have a whole parts car here i can get those wires from
Ny,
Please refer to previous statements; I not only had to repair the entire line which was all burned, but two relays of an electronic module attached to fuse # 23 (Interior lights/EATC module (Digital A/C)/instruments on panel/gauges etc) the car being the premium one has all digital optional instrumentation etc, I didn't change the entire module b/c of the amount it costs plus heavily expensive labor costs but a specialist added four relays which do the job of the ones burned.
Hope this info is helpful to you buddy.
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Old 06-24-2006, 19:07   #10 (permalink)
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Ny, pull your visor loose from the ceiling of the vehicle, and check the wiring running through the pivot there, most likely you have a wire insulation worn through or a partial line break. Should be easy enough to pull off. Also might save some extra work elsewhere. Hope this helps.
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