In most modern vehicles there are usually two fuse boxes. One is usually mounted under the hood and one is on the driver’s side in the cab of the vehicle. There are so many things in a car that require a constant flow of electricity. The fuse box houses all of the fuses that are used to help regulate the flow of electricity to the various components of the car. Without a properly working fuse box, you will not be able to run some of the components of your car. Every time that the car is cranked and runs, the fuse box will be used.

The fuse box will have to operate in very grueling conditions. The heat of the engine can wreak havoc on this box and can render it unusable. The fuse boxes put in a car are built to last as long as the car done. In most cases, this is not the case due to the wear and tear it will have due to the conditions of the engine. Leaving a fuse box in a state of disrepair can take lead to a number of issues and may lead to the car not running at all. For the most part, this type of repair is something that a professional will need to handle due to the complexity that is involved.

Just like any other component of the electrical system, usually there will be a variety of warning signs when the fuse box is damaged. Usually, the damage will be in the form of corrosion or rust due to the moisture in the engine.

The following are some of the things that you will notice if the fuse box in your vehicle is damaged and in need of replacement:

  • The fuses are much looser than normal
  • The fuses fail on a regular basis
  • There are broken wires or covers on the fuse box
  • Bare wires are exposed in the fuse box

Getting the fuse box replaced when it is damaged is vital in maintaining the right amount of electrical power for the accessories on your vehicle. Having professionals replace your fuse box is your best course of action due since they will have the proper tools and know-how to quickly get this job done.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Long Does a Fuse Box Last? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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