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Unread 01-23-2011, 05:07 AM   #1
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Question Oil temperautre gauge installation-fuse required?

I'm looking to install an oil temperaure gauge and boost gauge at a later date. I've found a switched 12v terminal that I can take a feed from but I am not sure whether or not I should have a fuse in there. This other forum said that a fuse would be required, although all the guides for boost gauges (which are identical wiring wise) have not mentioned a fuse being a requirement.

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Unread 01-23-2011, 05:21 AM   #2
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Well if the circuit gets overloaded for some reason would you rather replace a fuse or your new oil temp/boost gauge? In some cases the whole car might go up in flames, depends on the circuit. Fuses are insurance

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Okay thanks buddy. No, I don't want to risk setting my car on fire. Could I get an inline fuse? Do any parts stores stock them? I'm having trouble tracking them down at the moment. I assume I'll need a 5 amp one, yeah?

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You can get them at any parts store...if a 5 amp keeps blowing you can replace it with a bigger one.
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^no. Good way to screw something else up or start a fire.
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Unread 01-23-2011, 12:32 PM   #6
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Hey thanks guys...I found something that plugs into an unused fuse slot, which also has a holder for a fuse so that the circuit is still fuse protected. Here's the link:
'Add a Circuit' blade fuse holder
I know it says in UK but I'm sure I can get them where I am.

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either should do, that one would look cleaner. I can't speak for the size of fuse to use but the gauge might tell you

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they sell those at any auto parts store. I've used them a lot in the past .
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I plugged my gauges into the fuse block with out a fuse. I was told it shouldn't be a problem.
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