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    Default Adding new devices (sharing) a fuse - Advice please - Including how to dis-assemble

    Hi Guys. I just wondered what was the best way to add a new device to the existing fuseboard wiring - I am looking at the main board near the battery under the bonnet.
    Firstly (apart from disconnecting the battery first) is this easily dismantled to get to the existing wired connections, and if so, is there a "how to" anywhere ?
    I've tried the obvious removal of the existing (from memory) 5-6 torx bolts, but the top plate didn't want to budge and so I left it alone and reassembled it. Was I approaching this from the wrong angle ? Is it fairly easy to add a new device wire underneath the fuses ?
    Or, is it best done with a piggy-back fuseholder ? If so, does anyone know what the physical size/measurement of the smaller fuses is, and where to get a piggy-back connector for that size of small fuse ?
    I was intending to use the switched supply at fuse 10 but whilst I could obviously add a fuse, I couldn't attach a wire.
    So, is there some "best practise" advice ?
    I am aware that inadequate care could lead to "self destruction" of the car LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodpeck View Post
    Or, is it best done with a piggy-back fuseholder ?
    Yes. I wouldnt go adding things to the underside of the existing fusebox, unless its the specific thing for that slot, headlight washers, level sensor etc, its all PCB's and modules. Or run a dedicated wire with a fuse direct from the battery which is what I would suggest.

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    What is it your trying to run mate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Critch View Post
    What is it your trying to run mate?
    A "ham" Radio Critch

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    I was only going to use the fuseboard ignition switched connector to power a relay to isolate everything Critch.

    Ok, well the unanswered question , I will probably ue a piggy back fuse holder to solve my problem, the question is, are the small fuses in the underhood fusebox classed as "mini", or are they classed as "micro", or are they a special GM type ?

    Thanks for the answers guys

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    think that depends on the fuse box you want to use

    I wouldnt over complicate things the vec has good suppressors just run it off the battery
    if you want it to power off when you turn off the ignition then run off the cig lighter socket its easy to get behind it and will run 10amp

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    I'm not going to over-complicate things. TBH a piggyback fuse connection to the existing under bonnet fusebox, is probably the easiest of all options to use. I'll run the power (fused) direct from the battery, just switch it via a relay powered by fuse 10 so that it is ignition controlled. I just need to know if the Vectra fuses are classed as either mini, micro, or something else

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    take your relay feed from the cig lighter plenty of room to hide it in there and save messing with the fuse box

    but if your not pulling more than 10 amp I dont see what you would gain

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    No, sorry John, I want an installation that I can just "pull" easily, with the minimum amount of cable ( I reckon a piggyback fuseholder will let me do what I need with around 6" of cable). I just need to know if the fuses are mini or micro.
    Oh well, I guess for the sake of £1 odd, I'll just have to order 1 of each to try LOL.

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