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  • 180 Horizon Fuse

    It's good to be back here on iBoats Forums! For a while it did not work with my browser, but now we're back, and I'm here to stay.

    Anyways, on to my problem. We have a 2006 Four Winns 180 Horizon that has been awesome. During a recent 4 - 5 hour trip here in Muskoka, the blower went out completely, with no light on the instrument switch, which led me to believe there was no power to the blower. I called our marina and the maintenance man said it was the fuse and has been a common problem because Four Winns is using a 5A fuse when they should be using a 7.5A fuse. Any other owners with this problem? So I took his advice and have a pack of 5 7.5A fuses on my desk right now. But, are they the right fuse? I have the glass cylinder automotive fuses which seem to closely match the fuses I briefly saw under the driver panel. Are they the correct fuses? Thanks for the help.
    2006 Four Winns 180 Horizon
    2008 Mazda Tribute

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    Mechanical Engineer / iPhone Developer
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    Re: 180 Horizon Fuse

    Nevermind, I bought the wrong fuses, but found a local store that stocks the right ones.
    2006 Four Winns 180 Horizon
    2008 Mazda Tribute

    wesg - macs and more
    Mechanical Engineer / iPhone Developer
    Apps: Equation Library / Here's My Location

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      Re: 180 Horizon Fuse

      Hi there, from Ottawa. I also just brought a new 2007 180 Horizon. I noticed yesterday my blower also stopped working. It also has a 5A fuse, switched in a second one and it also blew.

      I called the Marina where I brought it, and the service fella suggested that the blower motor was seized. The trip to the Marina is just over an hour (it's in Pembroke).

      Did the larger fuse work?

      Maybe I'll try it first.

      Have you had any other problems?

      Thanks

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      • #4
        Re: 180 Horizon Fuse

        Hi just wanted to leave an update. I truied the larger fuse (7.5 A) and the blower works fine. Not sure why it took 3-4 weeks of boating before the (5 A) couldn't handle the amperage. I'll have to get the dealer to double check everything next time I bring it in.

        Cheers

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          Re: 180 Horizon Fuse

          Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier, but yes, the 7.5A fuse works (as you found out). My marina said that the blower in the newer 180s have a higher power requirement than the older systems. Why they didn't account for this with a higher fuse, I don't know. Looks like the little $1 fuse saved you a trip and the cost of a new blower motor!

          You said it has taken you 3 - 4 weeks for the fuse to go, it took us almost 2 summers! We mostly boat for 5 - 6 hours on the weekend, but when the fuse finally went, we were on the last 2 hours of a day trip where the blower was mostly on for the whole time.
          2006 Four Winns 180 Horizon
          2008 Mazda Tribute

          wesg - macs and more
          Mechanical Engineer / iPhone Developer
          Apps: Equation Library / Here's My Location

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