Fuses??

  1. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    I was under the impression fuses either worked, or had blown.

    Over the last few days my understanding has changed.

    Problem : 12 volt dc bow thruster, does not work.

    Check battery, battery good, run over system with volt meter...

    The motor turns both directions, operated by two relays, one one way, one the other....

    Fairly straightforward...

    Electricity getting to the relays, but not coming out.

    24 hours later, replacement relay box.

    Exactly the same issue.

    Phone a colleague.

    He tells me it's the fuse.

    I tell him I've checked it and it seems ok.

    He tells me to get a jump lead and bypass the fuse.

    He's right.

    It is the fuse.

    What's going on here?

    Here's the fuse in question.

    It's going to have to get opened. 16019174001902002440825551817046.jpg
     
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  2. dobbslc

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    That's a big bugger!
    Maybe it's gone high resistance and your multimeter is still picking up some continuity :dontknow:
    Edit: did you measure it when it was still "in circuit"?
     
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  3. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Ahhh....so allows some current to pass when it blows, but not high currents.

    Live and learn.....
     
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  4. LandRoverTom Member

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    What resistance does a multimeter show across the fuse with it removed?

    That fuse looks to have a striker pin/indicator - the little red bit should project further out than that if it has blown
     
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  5. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Yep, it was firing the relays, but not enough I guess...?
    Or enough to fire the relays, but not the motor?
     
  6. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    I think , I have now discovered, it's a dead fuse indicator, if I look really carefully, I see red plastic.

    That's the circular hole in the middle.

    I'll finish this beer and dismantle.

    Reads full continuity on a tester.
     
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  7. LandRoverTom Member

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    From the picture atleast the incicator looks ok to me.
    And if a multimeter is telling you there is continuity between either end of the fuse then it should be fine.

    When you say full continuity what is the actual reading?

    Also are you putting a link in place of the fuse? or are you bypassing the fuse holder altogether?
    I have had a similarly obscure scenario that turned out to be a faulty fuse holder...
     
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  8. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Looks ok to me? 16019209649749004275009878091959.jpg
     
  9. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Genuinely no idea.

    Fuse seems ok.

    Fuse holder?

    I stuck jump leads from the top of the fuse holder to the bottom, problem solved.

    Very curious.
     
  10. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    I'll just bypass the fuse holder probably, hmmm, maybe not.

    I've some 300 amp which might fit..
     
  11. LandRoverTom Member

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    Yep, nothing wrong there.

    Do you have any circuit diagrams you can post?
     
  12. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    No, this is the culprit.

    On really careful examination a couple of links in the mesh are broken, but that could have been me dismantling it?
     
  13. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    I'll get some photos next time I'm in work, I'm supposed to be on weekend, but can't see that happening.

    I installed it 8 years ago, I was provided with this kit, and told to go install it. Never had any problems with it , till it stopped working.

    I was ready to order a 900 Euro motor.
     
  14. dobbslc

    dobbslc Forum Supporter

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    No. If it blows that should be it. It would be dangerous to believe a fuse was blown but still able to flow something.

    Mmm if the relays are switching then there could be something wrong with them or the motor. The relays might have burnt contacts, worth stripping them down for a look see.
     
  15. dobbslc

    dobbslc Forum Supporter

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    I've just reread this bit,
    It could be dirty contacts on the fuse or the holder as mentioned above ^^^
     
  16. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    We will see, after the storms there was some water in that area, but would have only caused humidity.

    I think, think? The fuse has cooked, but still allows some current to feed to low power things , from what I found from googling.

    Need to put it back in and test it under load I guess, will that fry my tester? I'll use works.

    I'll get back to you all.
     
  17. skotl

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    That's what I was figuring while reading the tale :) fuse is ok but not making enough contact to pass the current required.
     
  18. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Contacts look clean I had to force it out with a 17mm spanner, it was well, well clamped in place.
     
  19. LandRoverTom Member

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    Do not use that fuse again. Now you've dismantled it the only thing that is good for is the bin.

    I think your google-ing has lead you up the garden path - when fuses blow thats it, they don't let some current flow but not much.
    The perferated metal strips inside would have burned and melted though if it had blown.


    Perhaps it's just the picture but the fuse contracts don't look particularly great, and it sounds like the fuse was pretty well stuck in the holder. You say it's damp after the storms, has water got in there before? Water ingress is always good for causing faults and failures on boats. Corroded terminals won't conduct well.
     
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  20. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Thank you for all that.

    Yes, I completely agree, fuses should be binary, on or off.

    But give me a while, cos, I've had a few beers, that reference, refers to something..... Tomorrow , just when you're feeling pretty competent in electrics, a fuse...
     
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