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I did a search which did not yeild an answer to my question about using 8 amp fuses in place of the 5 amp fuses.

The owners manual and the sticker in the engine compartment both state to use 5 amp fuses for #1, #2, #5 and #6 on my son's 1973 2002. These currently have 8 amp fuses in there.

Do I need to use 5 amp, and if so, where can I find ceramic copper fuses? I can find ceramic aluminum fuses in the ampage, however, not copper.

Thanks

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I'm not sure if you can go with a bigger fuse or not, but just putting in my bit.

When I purchased my 73 over the summer every single fuse was the wrong amperage, and the fuse box didnt evel have a cover. I found the german fuses in mixed assortment boxes at Auto Zone. I ended up having to buy 3 boxes to replace all the fuses with the correct amperage, and I have a bunch of larger amp fuses I will never use (I think mostly extra 8 & 16)

Long story short it ended up costing me about $20 for the fuses, and everything in the car for the most part is functioning much better than before. And of course peace of mind that all the fuses are fresh and the size intended for the application.

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We have all the fuses you need and they are cheap Email me and Ill send you however many you need today

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.... and the fuse box didnt evel have a cover.

Ha! Neither did my boy's. Luckily I found a good used one in my bin of parts that had not been sold off over the many years....

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fuses are sized for the potential maximum load on a circuit. You wanted the lowest amperage fuse possible that won't blow when everything on that circuit is on, but will blow quickly when there is a short, thus protecting wires and devices. There is not a big difference in that regard between 5 amp and 8 amp fuse, but those of us who like things to be as they were designed to be would clean up your fuses. I am pretty sure the original fuses in all the 2002s I've owned are aluminum. The should work just the same as copper, as long as they aren't corroded.

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Any shop specializing in VWs would have the fuses you need, and, if they have stores in the LA area, BAP (formerly British Auto Parts) has the fuses, and they're really cheap.

Bob Napier

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I just replaced all my fuses bought from Pelham Auto Parts (in stock) 2 miles down the road. pelhamautoparts.com. The fuses were 15 cents to 30 cents each depending on amperage. Pelham Auto is just outside of Amherst Mass. in Pelham Mass.

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I'm looking to replace the fuses on my 1973 automatic, and I've found charts that call for a mix of 5,8 and 16 fuses, and others that call for just 8s and 16s. Can anyone help me sort out which it should be?

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I'm looking to replace the fuses on my 1973 automatic, and I've found charts (using the search function) that call for a mix of 5,8 and 16 fuses, and others that call for just 8s and 16s. Can anyone help me sort out which it should be?

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Hmm - I've never used a 5A fuse. Usually just the 8, 16, and 25s, like there:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fuse-Kit-BMW-2002-325-318-Z3-524-525-528-530-535-i-E34-/300441377101?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item45f3b3994d&vxp=mtr

Blunt will take care of you!

John raises a good point:

(1.). the underhood sticker and the owner's manual (printed Feb. '75) for my '76 specify only 8A, 16A, and 25A fuses for the 12-fuse fuse box;

(2.). the owner's manual (printed Oct. '71) for a '72 tii I parted decades ago specifies 5A, 8A, and 16A fuses for the 12-fuse fuse box; and

(3.) the owner's manual (printed July '69) for my '70 (R.I.P.) specifies only 8A and 16A fuses for the 6-fuse fuse box.

This only covers a few cars or a few years, but I have also never used a 5A fuse in a 2002. Did these "middle-period" cars use inferior cabling, or did BMW get more conservative in their "fusing policy" after the switch from 6-fuse to 12-fuse (i.e., did the 5A fuses arrive with the first 12-fuse fuse boxes?). I just can't imagine the 8A fuses of the later and earlier models will create a problem in the "middle-period" cars!

(Fastidious restorers take note: the replacement 12-fuse fuse box stickers I have seen refer to 8A, 16A, and 25A fuses; I've not yet seen replacement stickers with the authentic 5A, 8A, and 16A designations of the middle-period cars!)

Steve

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