Question about wiring volt meter

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by BladeRunner80, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. BladeRunner80

    BladeRunner80

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    Well, supposedly wiring a volt meter should be an easy task, but for some reason I keep blowing fuses when I put power to mine. Here is how I wired it, I had an opening on my "switched" fuse block, so I wired it directly into it and stuck a 15 amp blade fuse on it. Everytime I put power to it, the fuse blows. My ground is good, so what is the deal? Do I need to tap into a circuit off of some thing else rather then directly wire it to a fuse panel?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Pin_Head

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    A volt meter has two leads: + and -. + goes to any switched 12V and - goes to ground. If it blows a fuse, maybe the meter is shorted or wired incorrectly.
     
  3. theo

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    And you're sure it's a voltmeter and not an ammeter? Voltmeter only draws a few milliamps.
     
  4. BladeRunner80

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    Yeah, its a voltmeter. It says "volts" on the gauge face. I bought a three pod gauge cluster to replace the old one and instead of having a amp meter, it came with a volt meter. So I just ran new wires from the volt meter to my switched power fuse block. I'll take another look at it tonight, I must have botched something somewhere in the system.
     
  5. theo

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    Not sure what to say except look again. If you had a meter you could check for resistance through the voltmeter - should be very high.

    Sounds an awful lot like a direct short to ground, like Pin said.
     
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