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Question Why did my hid relay fuse melt?

So both of my fog lights hids go out yesterday. I check on my fuse and it's melted.
Fuse itself wasn't blown or tripped, all the metal parts of it are "in working condition" but plastic melted the fukk out.

I moved the fuse around a bit to see if lights will work and sure enought they do so it's really just either shitty plastic that melts from regular summer time heat or someting else i fail to see here. Can someone throw some other ideas (ones that would fall under "what i fail to see") around before i plug another fuse in thinking i'm all good to go?

This hid harness (and fuse that came with it) is V-Leds,
hid kit is V-leds,
switch is regular switch from AutoZone with blue led and
fogs are oem

Here's a link to my harness and one of the reviews quoted, so i quess i'm not the only one with this issue.

HID RELAY WIRING HARNESS SINGLE OUTPUT LOW BEAM HEADLIGHT / FOG LIGHT

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Please use a different 30 Amp fuse...the ones in use now seem to melt
Since it was written in May we can assume his fuse melted around the same time meaning summer heat can be ruled out.
Under the hood heat on the other hand is still present here, just i quess not as much......

So my issue with fuse melting is not one of a kind, we know that for a fact lol. I'm just not sure what the cause of it is thou.





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Only thing I can think of is that the plastic is cheap? I just woke up though but idk haha just trying to help try putting in another quality fuse maybe?
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hid prob pulls alot of juice and the wire is subpar to what it needs
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crap wiring.. loose grounds too much current for such small wiring...

nothing dif than using the proper size wiring in an amp install...

just looked at the wiring kit in your link.... green fuse is 30 amps... that wire is at best garbage 18-22G wire... you need 12-14 G automotive grade wire ...

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crap wiring.. loose grounds too much current for such small wiring...

nothing dif than using the proper size wiring in an amp install...

just looked at the wiring kit in your link.... green fuse is 30 amps... that wire is at best garbage 18-22G wire... you need 12-14 G automotive grade wire ...
Not sure about the rest of the kit but wire coming from battery to the fuse and then out of the fuse is def 12 or 14 gauge. I just went out and took a lot at it to make sure.

this harness/relay is from the same company/brand as my hid kit so u'd think harness wound have appropriate wiring and fuse. In theory at least lol, in reality i am aware that most hids are made by the same factory in China and then labels with V-leds, DDM, Xentex.... stickers.

Either way i'm not understanding why plastic would melt but fuse itself (metal part of it) would still be good. Metal part getting too hot? Then why isn't it tripped?
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the wire is to small. hence heating up the metal, hence melting the weak plastic surrounding it
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just crappy fuses you are prob drawing 29 amps even 30 but at a constant draw and not a spike that would blow the fuse. so you are slowly cooking the plastic and not blowing the fuse.so buy a better quality fuse.
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Different fuse is def what is needed and i already got one from AutoZone.

I just wanna make sure i'm doing the right thing by simply getting a new fuse instead of getting to the root of the problem (whatever it is if there is one other then cheap fuse).
Def don't want any kinds of damages or fires a few months later.
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