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1997 Crown Vic blows radio fuses

Couple of days ago I lost power to the radio, the clock and the dome light in my 1997 Crown Vic. All factory, nothing added. Replaced the radio fuse (I think #11 - 15A) and it immediately blew out again. Anyone know of any common problem causing this before I have to start the long task of tracking down a short? Any help would be appreciated. Couple of days ago I lost power to the radio, the clock and the dome light in my 1998 Crown Vic. I added a aftermarket radio,and it worked for about 4 months.I replaced the radio fuse (I think #11 - 15A) and it immediately blew out again. Anyone know of any common problem causing this before I have to start the long task of tracking down a short? Any help would be appreciated

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The quickest way to find a short circuit is by putting a bulb in place of the fuse. Anytime the time the bulb lights there is a load. And if the load is a shorted wire the brightness of the bulb will give you a hint. So while you're at it, finding a 'short' is a quicky...keep your eyes on the bulb. gotcha!

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