#8 Fuse blowing

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    I was looking at the fuses after driving one day and noticed my interior lights don’t come on I then look in my trusty 89 owners manual and see that fuse #8 controls these items along with some other stuff that I didn’t realize didn’t work since my dash is out. So I found the right fuse and it says #8 says a 15 amp fuse should be there but I found a 20 amp fuse I then stick a new 15 in blows it instantly I unplug the battery put a new 15 amp fuse I tapped the terminal and fuse blows again. My friend told me I’m getting a power short
     
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    sniff around your headlight switch for burning smell, I remember some people having issues and numerous wires run through it.
    Just a stab
     
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    Well you were right
     

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    I believe our automatic parts car will have the right terminal
     
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    You can get a replacement connector:

    https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog...ical-connector,headlamp+switch+connector,2584

    Also a replacement switch (and the harness if needed) is part of a Safety Recall 98S01 for 1993 and 94; expect that the issue is not limited to just those years. "Over time some headlamp switches in the affected vehicles may develop excessive electrical resistance as a result of inadequate swage between the bimetallic strip and the copper contact."

    Don't discount that the melted connector is a symptom of a short rather than the cause of a short though, especially if less protected by the incorrect fuse.
     
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