Just went wheelin and lost the dash lights and tail lights. I searched the interwebs and found the fuse for this. But when i replace it it keeps blowing. Any thoughts?
Or a bulb that has shorted... Pull as many of the bulbs as you can and see if the fuse holds. Replace the bullbs one at a time until it blows the fuse.
If it still blows with all the bulbs removed, you have a wiring issue....
Sounds like you got a hot wire touching metal.
I can't understand from your response whether you pulled all the bulbs and then the fuse did not blow, or if you pulled bulbs and checked each bulb for a short.All bulbs pulled all ok.
When disconnecting/reconnecting the battery, I was taught to first remove &/or lastly connect the negative terminal so as to avoid the spark/sparks and possible surge of current into the electrical system. Perhaps choosing the positive terminal is more appropriate in your scenario? IDKI did notice when i remove positive battery terminal nut there was a significant spark much more powerful than ever before.
When disconnecting/reconnecting the battery, I was taught to first remove &/or lastly connect the negative terminal so as to avoid the spark/sparks and possible surge of current into the electrical system. Perhaps choosing the positive terminal is more appropriate in your scenario? IDK
Also, not a bad idea to check each light socket for corrosion and moisture. You can clean the corrosion with a battery terminal brush inside the light sockets. I've had cars in the past have strange light issues that were caused by corrosion buildup in the socket.
I've been responding through my phone so have been keeping things brief...
I assumed that after pulling the bulbs, the fuse does not blow.
At this point, I would reinsert each bulb (one at a time) until the fuse blows. Inspect each bulb. Many of them use a folded wire as a contact on the base. If that wire bends or breaks, it can short out a socket. Also inspect the socket for those pieces of wire, corrosion, or anything else that might be bridging the contacts...
I have had bulbs that have been shorted and blow fuses. It is rare, but may be more likely with some of the newer LED bulbs.
If you get them back in and everything works, you may have cleared the short simply by removing the offending bulb and reinserting it. In this case, I would be inclined to inspect the wiring for any frays, pinches, or other opportunities for a short just to make sure.
If you end up cleaning bulb sockets, do not do it wire a wire brush. Bristles detach and create more shorts. Use a non conductive brush.
Sometimes finding these, when they are intermittent, can be very frustrating. Just take your time, be systematic, and you will find it.