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3rd Gen fuses

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by RedAlertCA, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Jul 16, 2017 at 4:24 PM
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    RedAlertCA

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    As a younger man I had to replace fuses in various vehicles from time to time and so always carried spares.

    No vehicle I have owned since 2004 has ever blown a fuse.

    I found some info on older Tacos blowing fuses but not about 3rd gens.

    Obviously carrying spare fuses is cheap insurance, especially considering how far from "civilization" I get with my Taco. But it appears there are about 217 different types of fuses now.

    Ever blown a fuse in your 3rd gen? What fuses are the most critical to carry? Or do I just break down and buy one of each?

    Thanks for your advice.
     
  2. Jul 16, 2017 at 4:30 PM
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  3. Jul 16, 2017 at 9:57 PM
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    RedAlertCA [OP] I like her a little dirty.

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    Thanks for that. Anyone else?
     
  4. Jul 17, 2017 at 6:27 AM
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    I purchased a slightly larger kit with ATM-LP, maxi and the larger type which are female maxi fusible links IIRC. It is irritating that there are so many types in the vehicle. I carry them the same reason you do. If I am way out away from civilization I want to at least be able to jury rig something.

    I don't have every single amp rating but I have a good assortment. I also carry butt connectors and wire strippers on long trips just in case I need to fix a broken wire or short to ground. With modern vehicles it is probably a good idea to learn and get comfortable with basic electrical diagnostic techniques.
     
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    So I bought a packet of the mini fuses for under the dash when I added my add a fuse for my LED light bar switches. The mini fuses are a different animal than the ones that came stock with the truck. The blades on the packet from the parts store were wider than stock. I guess not all mini fuses are the same.
     
  6. Jul 17, 2017 at 7:09 AM
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    Thanks for the info.
     
  7. Jul 18, 2017 at 12:53 AM
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    I have the micros in my garage, but do not stock them in the truck. If something essential blows a fuse, figure I can borrow one from a non-essential system to get me moving again.
     
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  9. Jul 19, 2017 at 10:44 AM
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    Not a bad idea, those fuses are junk though. I would use one to get home in an emergency but swap it out with a Bussman when I got there. I like made in Japan fuses and relays. China is garbage.
     
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    Can anyone recommend a kit with at least one quality replacement fuse for every factory fuse in a 3rd gen Tacoma?
    Thanks!
     
  11. Feb 18, 2019 at 6:07 AM
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    Had my gen2 for 10 years. Bought it with 15 miles on it and ran it to 117k. Never once blew a fuse. That being said, I grew up much the same. I have a small wrench and socket set with other basic tools. I also carry a small pack of of each sized fuse, the style you can pick up at your basic auto parts store. $10-$12 is cheap and good insurance. I’d rather do that then break down in an overly rural area or during sub zero weather.
     
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    Go to your favorite auto parts store and get a pack of large and a pack of small fuses. As long as you get them there you shouldn’t have to worry about brand.
     
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    The truck is mostly mini fuses but there may also be low profile mini fuses. It's been a while since I checked.

    Like much of the automotive aftermarket there is a deluge of cheap parts. I like Bussman which are usually made in Japan. The good ones cost at least double the crappy ones but I think it is foolish to replace quality with junk to save a few pennies.

    Finding a large Bussman assortment will be difficult and expensive since they are marketed for repair shops. Something like this is a decent place to start. If you want more of a specific rating buy a 5 pack at NAPA.

    https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=L&ai...t=&hvlocphy=9053049&hvtargid=pla-608461441895
     
  14. Feb 18, 2019 at 8:56 AM
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    If you’re using good quality fuses, and it blows for no apparent reason, doesn’t that failure suggest something else is at issue vs the fuse “just blowing”? I also grew up with the occasional fuse blowing event, and carried spares in the glove box. However, in those days (like most 16 year olds just starting to drive) I did full tuneups myself, including adjusting timing with a screwdriver and timing light... today’s vehicles are totally different and full of advanced technology.

    IDK, maybe it’s my flight training/profession... if a circuit breaker “pops”, we don’t just reset it without considering why it blew. I just carry that physiology over to my personal vehicles... just a thought.
     
  15. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM
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    If you blow a fuse your first thought probably shouldn't be to swap in a new one right away. Best to figure out what the problem is first.

    There's a couple spares under the hood, and if you're in a bind on the side of the road you can always take a fuse out of a non-critical system to put in the blown fuse circuit.
     
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