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So i'm generally new to car wiring. I'm trying to hardwire my radar detector so that i can free the cigarette lighter for my GPS. I have never done car wiring and don't have the slightest idea where the fuse box is located. I know I am suppose to purchase this:

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There's the option of selecting a standard or mini blade fuse tap depending on the size of your fuse. anybody know which one I need? did a bit of research and using the blade fuse taps seem to be easier than using a t-tap. I'm likely going to wire it with the radio(as soon as i figure out which fuse is my radio).

has anybody done this before or is familiar with car wiring? pictures would be really appreciated!:)
 

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after some more research, i now know that the fuse box is under the driver dash. i still need to know which fuse # is the radio and if it's a standard or mini fuse.
 

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There is a diagram on the fuse panel if you pull it off. Please do take your battery off when you working with the fuses. Also make sure you have your stereo access code.
 

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looked through the manuals and even checked the diagram next to the interior fuse box. which fuse is the stereo? there's nothing that says anything close to a stereo. should i plug this radar hard wire cord to something other than the stereo?
 

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Try pulling #27 or #12. These 2 are the closest I can think of.
 

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accessory outlet? those are the cigarette lighters...i'll try it in the morning
 

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Actually I am not 100% sure. The last generation has a "Backup" fuse that will clear the stereo if the fuse is pulled. Is that the one you are actually looking for? Or you are looking for more like ACC (switched) fuse instead? I can't seem to find it though.
 

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here's my dilemma...i'm relatively new to car wiring and i'm trying to hard-wire my radar detector to free the accessory outlet on the front console under the stereo. I want the detector to turn on when the the car starts. I've already bought a hard-wire cord which included a mini blade fuse tap. the instructions tell me that i just need to stick this copper blade under the fuse i'm tapping into and then plug the cord on the other end. which fuse should i use and where would it be located? any suggestions?
 

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ACC, ACC socket, etc. (anything switched) are the one you need. You can check it using multimeter, where the wire is not hot (0V) when you pull the key and 12V when you turn the key one notch. I still would say #12 or #27 since the sockets are switched. But to make sure, check with multimeter.
 

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so i took a look at the fuse box and pulled out a fuse for the first time. to my surprise it wasn't a mini fuse but a "low profile" mini fuse. just wondering, does anybody know or have tried to tap a low profile mini fuse? the add-a-fuses and the blade fuse taps seem to only come in standard fuse and mini fuse.
 

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Did you ever have luck with this? I'm looking to do the same thing with my escort radar. Also have little knowledge of wiring though and curious how you ran the cable to make it look discreet?
 

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i'm doing this same thing in my SI, (ordering a RD this weekend, mounting it near rear view mirror, hardwiring to fuse box below dash) so i want to be sure i'm doing it correctly as well. did anyone ever figure out if 12 & 27 were acceptable? looks like OP has LX, will those 2 fuses be the same in the SI...is there a fuse diagram in our manual? don't remember seeing one when i flipped through it
 

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just wired my escort 9500i. used a bolt on the pedal assembly for the ground and the fuel pump fuse for power. tested for 2 days now and its perfect. comes on on key on as the pump does, then off key off.
 

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can u tell me what number is fuel pump fuse please..
 

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did my wiring today, waiting for the detector in the mail. fuse #19 was labeled ACC @ 7.5a so i used my add-a-circuit w/ that one (add-a-circuit rated for 10a max, 12 and 27 both have 15a fuses)...grounded it to a bolt near the fusebox (moved screw from behind it to the fuse box side after removing plastic panel that begins above hood-release, added a nut to side it was removed from) and now i'm just waiting on my detector in the mail, then i'll see if that fuse works
 

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I have my hard wire for my Escort coming in the mail. This thread will be a big help when it arrives.

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it was under the driver side dash in the panel. it says fuel pump on the panel diagram right below it on the kick panel. it was on the bottom row, only a few in (2-4 cant remember). i can maybe snap a picture a bit later today to show how i did it. i didnt use a add a fuse either. just stripped a portion of wire, and pinched it in with the fuse as i pushed it into the panel. how i did it for the last few vehicles i have had, but the add a circuit is a better/ cleaner looking option. just not needed.
 

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i heard the tapping into an existing wire voids warranty so thats why i went w/ the add-a-circuit...

for those thinking of doing this...maybe looking into that whole warranty voiding thing
 
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