Has a Fuse Burned Out in Your Subaru? 4 Steps To Replace It in the San Francisco Bay Area

Things to Know About Replacing a Burned-out Fuse - Service Questions Answered by the pros at Carlsen Subaru

Modern vehicles are filled with computers and electronics, which means that they have an incredible number of wires running through them. If something goes wrong and there's an electrical short, a fuse may blow. So if an electrical component in your Subaru stops working, the fuse box is a great starting place to check. Since Carlsen Subaru is dedicated to keeping you informed about Subaru service, we've listed four steps you can take to change a fuse.

The fuse box inside a vehicle.

1. Find the Right Fuse

Before you can change a fuse, you have to find the fuse box--and the right fuse. This can be tricky, as modern Subaru cars generally have two fuse boxes. There's one that's under the hood, and another that's under the driver's side dashboard panel. Even after you find the right fuse box, you'll see that there are many fuses labeled with numbers.

The good news is that your owner's manual and the underside of the fuse box cover should both have a guide that lets you know what each fuse is.

A fuse with a broken s-shaped filament, indicating it has burned out.

2. Remove & Inspect the Fuse

In the fuse box cover you'll find a fuse puller and spare fuses. Once you've found the right fuse, use the puller to remove it. Then, look into the transparent plastic part of the fuse. It should have a metal filament that's usually shaped something like an "S" or a "U." If this entire filament is connected, the fuse has not burned out. But if part of it is missing, you have a blown fuse.

A person uses a fuse puller to remove a fuse.

3. Install a New Fuse

Find a spare fuse that matches the one you've removed. Make sure that the color and the number match. Once you've found the fuse, place it into the slot and see if everything works again. If so, that's great! However, there is one more thing you need to do.

4. Keep an Eye Out

A burned-out fuse could be a simple one-time event. However, it's also possible that persistent electrical issues could have caused the fuse to blow. If that's the case, the new fuse is likely to burn out, too. And if this happens, it's time to schedule a service appointment so our technicians can see just what's causing the fuse to continually fail.

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