I Blew A Fuse  

SensuousWoman3 55F
900 posts
6/18/2006 7:35 pm

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I Blew A Fuse

Earlier this week, I caught up with some friends. On the way home, I blew a fuse. Not me, my car. W hen this particular fuse blows, the overhead map lights go on and the radio goes out. So I pulled into the first parking lot I could find, oddly enough, a mortuary. I pulled the offending fuse and for some reason that set off a serious of events and I ended up pulling several non-critical fuses–well---ONE was critical---it controls the air-conditioning. To me, that is a very critical fuse. The fuse that blew is usually easily replaced---IF I have another 15-amp fuse, but naturally, I didn’t. Every other size fuse but the 15- amp fuse I needed. The reason I had to pull the other fuses is for some reason when the one fuse goes out, it causes the heater to come on full blast. It was dark and I discovered the flashlight I had in the glove box needed new batteries. Son of a gun. So I was pulling fuses like mad until the heater quit blasting hot air.

Fortunately, I live less than a mile from where the fuse blew. The headlights, brake lights and turn signals were all working, so I made it home in fine shape. Today I went to the automotive parts store and stocked up on 15-amps. That is the only troublesome one and I now know for a fact what sets it off so I will no longer be tripping its trigger. Then I spent about 20 minutes replacing fuses and shazam! All the electronics came right back to life. Amen!

This little trial and tribulation was nothing compared to the fuse-related incident that occurred about 10 or 12 years ago. I had driven my Mother up to her hometown about 3 hours away to decorate her family’s graves prior to Decoration Day. We made an overnight trip of it, which was always a fun little venture for us. The next day on the way home, we took the highway. She liked taking the highway for some reason.

There were trains going buy and we were laughing and cutting up, wishing we had a sign that mentioned by brother’s name---he is a railroad conductor that runs that same route. We had all kinds of sign ideas like, blow the horn if you know so and so---tell him to call his mother! Anything to embarrass him. It would have worked–the men on the rails gossip like a bunch of hens at a coffee klatch.

Well, in the middle of our gales of laughter, all of a sudden the heater came on full blast and we could not get it to shut off. It was May but it was a bit damp and rainy out. Nonetheless, I am not sure one would need this much heat for more than about 20 minutes if driving through a snowstorm. I pulled over and asked her to hand me the Owner’s manual. I quickly determined it was a fuse, but do you think she’d let me TOUCH the fuse? Uh, no! It was her car and it was under warranty, but still, we had a good two-hour drive in front of us with heat blowing at full throttle. Oh, yes, we rolled down the windows while the rain came pelting in, then rolled them up, then rolled them down, over and over. I was sure I was going to be sick

I tried everything to plead with her:

Me: “Mom, you can’t hurt a car by pulling a fuse!”

Her: “No.”

Me: “Mom, that is what the owner’s manual is for!”

Her: “I don’t care.”

Me: “Mom, if one of the boys said to do this, you would!”

Her: “No, I wouldn’t”

Me: “Yes, you would!”

Her: “No.”

Me: “Mom. What if you were driving through the desert and this happened?”

Her: “We’re not in the desert.”

Me: “Mom, the only thing that is missing is a couple of camels and some sand!”

Her: “No.”

Me: “MOM! You’re making me want to say the “F” word!”

Her: ~~Laughter~~

And so it was, we drove for two full hours to the Buick dealership, were we cooled our heels for another 45 minutes to an hour, only for them to tell us that they replaced a 15-amp fuse. Grrrrrrrr! I said nothing other than my raised eyebrow, the smirk on my face and the rolling of my eyes.

Her response? ~~laughing~~ “Well! That’s what the warranty is for!”

Me: “Remind me not to go anywhere with you while the car is under warranty.”

flagg134 36M
1582 posts
6/19/2006 2:21 am

Air conditioning is not a critical fuse. There is actually no need for it at all. Just leave me in the car with the sun beating down heat blasting and I'm a happy camper.

I have to say though the thought of watching you pull fuses at random till you got the right one. Like a little gremlin eyes gleaming saying I wonder what this one does?


JuicyBBW1001 54F

6/19/2006 3:00 am

lol that sounds like something my mom would do.


phoenix639 49F

6/19/2006 3:29 am

Youre like me & keep a spare of all kinds just in case.

I even keep hiking boots in my boot (trunk) in case im in heels & break down & need to walk. I keep a sleeping bag too in case it gets cold & J is with me. I also used to have a bright red ski jacket in case i got cold.

My glove box contains...plastic & latex gloves for any repair work i have to do thats messy. Pens, notebooks, small travel games...alleviates boredom. Mints, gum & wate & plastic cutlery.

I have in the boot a tool kit, water, oil, repair manual, baby wipes, plastic carrier bags along with the coat etc.

SolarPowered0 67M
8018 posts
6/19/2006 7:09 pm

Fuses are not "functional" components of an electrical system. They are WARNING SYSTEMS!!! They are there for the sole purpose of telling you that something is quite fucked up and if you don't get it corrected, one day the fuse will just not do the job of warning you and the car will simply burst into flames. The fact something comes on and something else goes off, when the fuse blows, should be all the evidence you need to convince you to get a few fire extinguishers and keep them close at hand. Get my drift?

Solar... (out of the clear blue of the Western Sky)

cactusass 55F

6/20/2006 5:37 pm

are you sure we don't have the same mom???

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