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Blown my fuse box..? Help!

I accidently touched a wire going from the battery terminal with constant 12V in my fusebox, to metal causing sparks. Now there is no power coming out of that terminal at all. Have I blown my fusebox and need to get a whole 'nother? Is there a fuse on the front of the fusebox that will be blown that I need to change? How screwed am I?!

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Re: Blown my fuse box..? Help!

First, welcome to TC.
Second, it sounds like a fuse-able link is toast. I'm not the most knowledgeable in the wire diagram dept., but I would look there first.


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Re: Blown my fuse box..? Help!

It might be as simple as a blown fuse?

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Re: Blown my fuse box..? Help!

Yes, fuseable links are one place to check, but you must inspect many more wires for melted insulation. But from the rust on those terminals, might be a good time to get a new one

The fuseable links are rubber cyls in a couple wires in the harness around the voltage regulator/horn relay. Look at them carefully. The chassis power comes from the pigtail on the postive terminal, then goes back around the battery to the junction box (just a stud on a plastic base) where the harness is attached. The harness and pigtail are attached to the junction, then the power goes to the horn relay, then out to the fuse box and other parts. Start from battery and tray the lines checking for 12v until you find the bad/melted wire.

But most times a short will cause more damage and more compromised insulation. I would recommend getting a new harness. Safer that way. Good luck!

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Re: Blown my fuse box..? Help!

Teddy -sounds like you are saying no power on that one circuit but power to the rest of the system? If right then check the fuse beside the spade sparked. If that is it then breathe a sigh of relief. If more then that one circuit is effected then look at links as suggested, and also check the one in the main junction behind the battery.

If the 40 something year wiring is in sound shape vendors such as Lectric Limited will create an repair kit with new fuse panel for you. Or if you are brave, disconnect, remove the face plate from the assembly and soak it in Evapo-Rust and see what cleans up. Or as suggested head on over to American Auto Wire for a factory fit wiring harness, or modified update version if you want to go with blade style fuses. M & H also makes great stuff http://www.wiringharness.com/PDFS/CAM_2012_Camaro.pdf



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Teddy, I agree with Doug G. GM called it a resistance wire. You can find the electrical schematics in the factory AIM. Download from here if needed.
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=9433.0

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Re: Blown my fuse box..? Help!

I don't think that pic is of the OP's box. He said his is "no where near that rusty"...

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Yes, fuseable links are one place to check, but you must inspect many more wires for melted insulation. But from the rust on those terminals, might be a good time to get a new one

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Re: Blown my fuse box..? Help!

Just to follow up incase somebody years from now made the same mistake and should come across this thread. (Unlike the guys who are like "I got it!" and you're sitting there with the same problem like, GOT WHAT? WHAT DID YOU DO)

I did find the problem and sighed one of the biggest sighs of relief! It was just the fuse that was next to the battery post. Went to monument and picked up a pack of 20 amp glass fuses, and a whopping $2.50 later I had a working 12v constant terminal and a non completely blown fuse box.

Picture below, not my fusebox specifically but one of a 68 camaro's, shows the exact fuse that blew. The 20A fuse to the left of the battery term.

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Re: Blown my fuse box..? Help!

Teddy - thanks for the update. I like when the original poster ties up their threads with resolutions so future searchers don't have to revive a resolved thread with the inevitable "How'd you fix it?" post.

Glad your solution was so easy and so inexpensive.


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Great to hear... a simple fix

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Good for both, fixing it and for providing the end to the thread.

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