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Old 08-19-2011, 12:02 PM   #1
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Question 12V Push-to-Reset Circuit Breakers?

2003 Journey DL 36GD, 330 Cat.

One of the lighting circuits in the bedroom will only sustain one lamp. Any more will trip the 15 amp breaker. There are 4 lamps, and the radio, on that corcuit, according to the wiring diagram I downloaded.

1) Do these type of breakers lose their currant capacity? (go bad)

2) How do I go about replacing one, since they are very small, and are hard-wired (soldered) to the 11 others behind that little panel.

Does anyone have any experience with these devices?

Thanks in advance for any help. ....Doug
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:43 PM   #2
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Breaker tripping

More than likely it is not the breaker. One of the other lamps or the radio may have a short that is tripping it. Try the items one at a time to see which one may be at fault
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:30 PM   #3
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Breakers do indeed go bad.. However if it is always a SPECIFIC lamp that trips it I would suspect the lamp.
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Old 08-20-2011, 02:55 AM   #4
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We had a breaker covering the bathroom lights that would trip every now and then. One leg had the three ceiling lights, one leg had 6 vanity lights. First time, we noticed a problem was a time that all lights were on, and it tripped.

Well, obviously, it must be too much load for the breaker. Then a month later, the lights started flickering every now and then. We thought it was a bad breaker, dealer looked at it, and found a bad grounding bar, and fixed that.

A few month's passed, and then occasionally if either set of lights were on, the breaker might trip, or the lights flicker some. We ignored it. Then on a maintenance trip to the dealer, they were working on the electrical, and had the breaker trip on them.

This time, they replaced the breaker, no problems since. Yes breakers can go bad.
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Most of the push to reset breakers are a bimetal strip and like all metal they can get weak and fail. Similar to the 110 volt surge or outlet strips.
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