The little blade fuses, are they standard or mini?

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    uart Senior Member

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    I blew the 15 amp fuse in the cigarette lighter socket a few weeks ago by plugging in a faulty device. So while I was at the parts store for something else today I figured I'd pick up some replacement fuses as well. When went to grab them I noticed that the store had two different types, a "mini" blade fuse and a "standard" blade fuse. But without having the blown fuse in my hand to compare I wasn't 100% sure which ones I needed, so I decided to put off getting them until next time.

    So what's the verdict, are they the mini or the standard types? From memory I think the ones in the Prius looked more like the "mini" type than the "standard", but hopefully someone here will have something definite on this. :)
     
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    They are low profile mini ATM. ;)
     
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    The low profile, is the important part. Regular mini ATM fuses will fit, but they will protrude from the slot.

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    The Mini ATM is approximately twice the height of the low profile mini ATM fuse.
     
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    Whoops, just noticed you have a Gen2 Prius. After Googling, I believe you have the mini ATM type fuses, not the low profile mini ATM fuses I referenced.

    Sorry for any confusion that may have caused. :oops:
     
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    Thanks xliderider. So I should get low profile mini blade fuses.

    I'll look out for those next time I'm in the parts store. :)
     
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    No, get mini ATM fuses, not the low profile ones. You have a Gen2.
     
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    Ok I hadn't seen your last reply when I typed the above. Ok so normal mini blade fuses it is. :)
     
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    Or else bring long-nose pliers or other suitable tool along, so that you can remove a fuse from the fuse box while you are shopping for replacements.
     
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    Sorry to dredge up such an old thread, but this is one of the top results in a google search for 2005 Prius fuse size.

    Just wanted to note that my 2005 underhood fuse box definitely has low profile minis. I just replaced my AM2 with a spare and wanted to make sure to replace the spare. Went out and double checked in the parking lot at the auto parts store, as the regular minis looked way too big.

    Rob
     
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    Very good that you made this amendment. I have a Gen2 from 2009 and also low-profile mini's.

    One tip if you are in a jam: I did have some mini's, but no low-profile ones.

    I put the mini-fuse in the slot of the failed fuse under the steeringwheel to make sure it did not blow.

    Then I removed the mini-fuse and found a same-amperage-one under the bonnet in the fusebox. I then swapped the mini with the low-profile-mini and put the lid back on the fuse-box under the bonnet. This fits, even with the higher mini-fuse.

    I then put the low-profile in the fusebox under the steeringwheel and closed that (the lid does NOT close with a normal mini-fuse).
     
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    Yeah, regular ATMs will fit in a low-profile ATM slot, they just stand up higher. LP ones will generally not fit in a standard ATM slot.

    I already had a good set of spare regular ATMs (they are definitely what Gen 1 used), so that's just what I use for my spares. They're too tall for the cover of the instrument panel fusebox, so I just keep that in the glovebox for reference when I want to see the fuse list on it.

    -Chap
     
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