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Old 10-26-2005, 01:41 AM   #1
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Does anyone know which fuse is for tail lights. I was replacing a side marker light and they all went out on me. It doesn't look like any of the mini fuses are blown in the foot well panel and the fuse box by the battery. Does anyone know which fuse in particular is responsible for the tail lights. Of course the cover says nothing about the tail lights at all or instruments, side markers, etc...

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Old 10-26-2005, 07:27 AM   #2
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There is one fuse located in the Intelligent Power Distribution Module mounted near the battery that controls the tail lamp relay. See the first picture in the upper right-hand corner. The fuse is number 75 and is a 10A. There are two other fuses in the ciruit that might be blown: #80 a 10A, and #73 a 15 amp. See the second drawing for fuse locations.

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Old 10-26-2005, 08:50 AM   #3
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Thanks Paul350Z -

This information helped me get to the right fuse box. In order to get to this hidden fuse box I had to take off the battery shield, battery shield frame, rubber hood molding, disconnect the washer line, and take off the plastic piece that goes across the base of the windshield. I was then able to lift off the fuse box cover and find this fuse box.

I then checked fuses 73,75, and 80 and they looked good. So, I looked at the IPDM fuse box cover and it designated fuse 71 for tail lights. That fuse was blown. I replaced it and the tail lights, side markers, and parking lights lit back up.Then I replaced all the plastic pieces that I had taken off. Fixed, whew......

Man, Nissan sure didn't make getting to the IPDM fuse box very easy did they? I'm also thinking now that three fuse boxes are a bit much. Why didn't they just put all of the fuses into one easy to get to fuse box? I figure they just didn't want to loop wire back around from different circuits. But, at least, they should have made it easier to get to the IPDM. It's hidden back behind the battery under the windshield pan and hood hinge. I mean really......

So, I am good to go now. Thanks again !!!

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hey paul, what program are you using to get those schematics? alldata ?
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I had my stereo installed at a local place and my tail lights were out also I went to the same fuse and it was out now everytime I try to replace it it blows? should I go to a higher rated fuse?
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:44 AM   #6
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When they installed the stereo maybe they spliced into the tail light circuit or dash lighting which I believe is on the same circuit. When a fuse blows over and over it generally means a short somewhere generally. I would take my car back to the stereo installer and let them know so he can check the wiring. I wouldn't wait more than a day or two either. Take it back right away so they know they caused the problem.

Problem is if you put in a higher fuse than want the wiring will handle it will meltdown and you'll have a real problem.
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NO! something is causing that fuse to blow. the fuse is protecting other vital parts from getting damaged due to whatever is causing the fuse to fry. whatever system is running off of that fuse can only handle so much of a surge or draw. thats what the fuse is rated it at. putting in a higher rated fuse my cause that system (components or wiring) to fry without affecting the new fuse.

i dont see why they would need to tap into your tail light circuitry for a sterio install. but just to be sure, remove your stereo and see if it solves your issue. if it does, then take it back to them and have them (or someone else) do it again the right way.

if it doesnt solve your problem, take it to the dealer and have them take a look.

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Brought it back the next day to the intaller and they fixed it was a ground wire.... Happy Again
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Great !!! Nice to hear it was fixed for you.
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