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powering accesories

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by kemmer, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. kemmer

    kemmer Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 329

    How can i add accesories so that they turn off when the truck is off. I have a 01 Silverado. I have a scanner i want to hard wire but i want it to turn off when the truck is off. If i plug it into the cigarette lighter it stays on all the time. Is it possible to do this?
     
  2. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Yes under your dash to the left of where the steering column goes through your fire wall is a fuse block. On the right side bottom there is 6 or 8 prongs. Some of they stay hot all the time some only with the key on. Use a test light,test which one's do not have power with the key off,then turn key on and some of the will be hot. Now you are all set to wire them up.

    Regards Mike
     
  3. dzd9fy

    dzd9fy Junior Member
    Messages: 29

  4. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    Easy way.....

    Pop off your fuse block cover. Take a test light to the 10 amp fuse in the upper left hand corner, should be marked IGN. Slip a jumper onto the + 12v side of it (side that lights up tester when key is turned on) hook CB to the jumper...done.
     
  5. kemmer

    kemmer Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 329

    um...do you mean the fusebox on the drivers side when you pop off the cover? any body have pictures, im not very good at this wiring stuff, thanks
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2004
  6. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    Yes, the one on the side of the dash when you open the door. I believe that when you are looking at the fuse panel, the left blade of each fuse is hot.
     
  7. kemmer

    kemmer Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 329

    So your saying to just stick a wire in one and thats it?
     
  8. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

  9. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149

    What I do is find a fuse that runs your power windows, winshield wipers, dash lights, or whatever accessory that turns off with the key switch. Then I go to Auto Zone or Farm and Fleet and get a adapter called Add a Circuit from ATO. This adapter has 2 fused slots in it, you pull out the original fuse and place this holder in place of the fuse. Then one slot is for your new accessory(like your scanner) and the other is for the original fuse of the slot you took(like power windows, etc). Really its a handy idea. Best part of it is that your new accessory is fused right in the fuse box. If you want I can take a picture of one, really it is simple thought.