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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 10, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Red face FYI - Don't make the same mistake I did!

Don't, under any circumstances, buy a fuse kit from Harbor Freight!
EVER!

I bought one of those multi-pack kits with like 10 fuses of every amperage. I thought it would be good to throw in the toolbox in the car should a fuse blow while I'm on the road. I replaced some of my old-school style U.S.A made fuses a few weeks ago in preparation of firing it up.

Well, I'm not proud of this, but I just spent an hour trying to figure out why I suddenly lost my courtesy lights. The fuse "LOOKED" good visually, and I checked to make sure there was 12V on the hot side. What I didn't do was check to see if it was on the OTHER side of the fuse. But the fuse "LOOKED" good.
So I yanked the fuse and checked continuity......
Dead. The filament had come unsoldered from the end cap inside.

But it "LOOKED" good.


What a moron.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 10, 08:28 PM
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Re: FYI - Don't make the same mistake I did!

Hey, they've only got so much lead to go around in China. The line that makes baby food probably ran out so they had to pull some from the fuse line.

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Re: FYI - Don't make the same mistake I did!

I've seen glass style fuses with the same problem too coming apart under the end caps.

I've also heard too that a while back the ATC style fuses from HF were inferior. They were marked at a certain amperage but they were not blowing with even twice the current going through them. I think they had a recall but who knows how many may still be out there in use.

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Re: FYI - Don't make the same mistake I did!

Oh sure! Now ya tell me!



Lesson learned.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 10, 06:24 PM
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Re: FYI - Don't make the same mistake I did!

The ato's were recalled. Not the glass ones.
The were not rated correctly and caused fires
http://images.harborfreight.com/cpi/...fuse_sets.html

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