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Old 12-15-2010, 08:40 PM
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Question "Transmission" fuse blows when shifting gear shift??

The 10A fuse has blown about 3-4 times now taking out my blower, reverse lights, something with the airbags, and "transmission"? I up'd it to a 15A and blew that as well...now I got a 20A in there and that has held so far but I don't want to keep that in there and damage wires or whatever else may be causing the problem....

Anybody know anything about this situation? It would blow while moving the gear shifter....I did take steering column off and check for damaged wires under there and found none.....

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Old 12-24-2010, 05:44 PM
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Default Re: "Transmission" fuse blows when shifting gear shift??

Make sure you don't go up on fuses it could cause a fire, stick with whats in it or lower. It has the be grounded to something. Did you do the work yourself or some one else? Does it blow when you put the fuse in, or does it take a while? If it blows when you put it in it could be a wire in the fuse box grounding itself, if it last a while then there is a wire that is probably frayed and when your driving hitting a ground. If you have a owners manual find what color wire goes to that fuse follow it and from the fuse box and see if you can find the open wire if you can, then tape it up and the problem should be fixed. Wait also for another guy to write in with some other information.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:13 PM
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Default Re: "Transmission" fuse blows when shifting gear shift??

This problem pops up in several versions. The common solution seams to be to remove the steering shroud (three Phillip screws underneath) and insulate a short in the OD wiring. I just did this on my 2002 tonight. I didn't see a short but the insulation was worn so I have my fingers crossed. It needed the cleaning anyway.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:02 PM
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Default Re: "Transmission" fuse blows when shifting gear shift??

If it is happening WHEN YOU SHIFT, then it is no doubt something loose, chaffed, or frayed in the column very near the gear shift. When you move the stick, it moves that chaffed/frayed wire against a ground and pops the fuse. As mentioned above, unscrew column trim and find the busted wire.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:15 PM
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Default Re: "Transmission" fuse blows when shifting gear shift??

So far it is a fix. I think most people just go away when their problem stops so I thought I'd add the post (script). Fuse #2 not just shifting is the common point for several threads I researched. Bad blower motor is the most common. For me it was backing out of the drive way sometimes would kill the blower fuse???

The Over Drive switch connects to two small twisted wires in what looked like a long piece of heat shrink. they are connected to the shifter, the dust shroud and the steering column. when you shift they may rub against the shifter pivot.
I made a spiral grommet out of a two inch piece of eighth inch nylon tubing. Space was tight and I was able to just twist this onto the wire and then push it down to where it was needed. Tape could work too but I thought this might be a more permanent fix.

I don't blame people for not wanting to tweak around a highly visible ten year old piece of plastic but if you have problems with fuse #2 go for it. You can always duct tape it back together.

Last edited by Roy; 07-11-2011 at 11:25 PM. Reason: combine symptoms
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:51 AM
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Default Re: "Transmission" fuse blows when shifting gear shift??

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So far it is a fix. I think most people just go away when their problem stops so I thought I'd add the post (script). Fuse #2 not just shifting is the common point for several threads I researched. Bad blower motor is the most common. For me it was backing out of the drive way sometimes would kill the blower fuse???

The Over Drive switch connects to two small twisted wires in what looked like a long piece of heat shrink. they are connected to the shifter, the dust shroud and the steering column. when you shift they may rub against the shifter pivot.
I made a spiral grommet out of a two inch piece of eighth inch nylon tubing. Space was tight and I was able to just twist this onto the wire and then push it down to where it was needed. Tape could work too but I thought this might be a more permanent fix.

I don't blame people for not wanting to tweak around a highly visible ten year old piece of plastic but if you have problems with fuse #2 go for it. You can always duct tape it back together.
Roy, did your repair continue to work, after almost two years? I am having the same problem and can not find any shorts in the circuit for the #2 fuse.

Thanx:
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:00 AM
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Roy, did your repair continue to work, after almost two years? I am having the same problem and can not find any shorts in the circuit for the #2 fuse.

Thanx:
Roy has 2 posts total...both in this thread, and both 2 years old.

I doubt he's lurking, but you never know.

I can't be of any help. I've got a manual transmission.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:44 PM
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Thanx, I was just hoping that he had set up for email alert and would come back.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:59 PM
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Default Re: "Transmission" fuse blows when shifting gear shift??

I know that this is an old post, but just in case someone has the same problem, I found the short and have photos of it along with the correction.

Thanx for the help on this board......................

Here is the short to ground from the hot wire to the OD off switch, which was against a bracket on the column. It is under the rubber boot that is at the end of the shifter. It seems that the rubber boot puts pressure on the wire and causes it to rub on the bracket. The reason that it was intermittent, was that the rubber boot would allow it to move.



Here is a shot with the upper and lower plastic column covers removed and the rubber boot moved up the shifter shaft to facilitate the repair. It is still a tough place to solder and heat-shrink.



I pulled the wires apart and repaired the burned area, then I used heat-shrink and split loom to further protect it in the future. NOTE: You can see the burn mark on the bracket where it arced from the wire.



Here is how I temporarily fixed it so that I could drive it during the cold weather. I used an "Add-a-Circuit fuse holder and used a 10A circuit breaker. I cut off the extra lead for the second circuit and used it as a 90* fuse holder.





I hope that this will help others that are having a problem with a short that blows #2 fuse.
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