Whacked Dash Lights
Okay this is a very strange problem. When I bought my Jeep (1987 Wrangler), the dash lights weren't working. The problem turned out to be the driving/fog lights that were mounted to the bumper (stock). I removed them and taped up the wires, replaced the dash lights fuse, and everything worked for a couple of months.
Then, the fuse blew again. I replaced it, it lasted a little bit, then blew again. So, trying to figure out exactly when it was blowing, I kept messing with it till I figured it out.
The fuse blows every time I shift to 2nd gear. That sounds ridiculous to me, but I can repeat it 100% every time. It's not while I'm driving, or a function of the clutch. It's the simple act of shifting to 2nd gear. Ignition off, lights on, shift to any gear but 2nd, and it's fine. I put the shifter into the 2nd gear position and it blows the fuse.
If anyone can give me any help on this problem, I'd really appreciate it. I have a 5spd with the 4.2 6cyl engine, if that helps any. All the other electical systems seem to be working fine.