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.
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.
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.