In the Chevy, the CTSY circuit is responsible for the car’s courtesy lighting and other related systems. The
system has many associated lights and wires that are affected if the wiring has any. These issues can vary
from benign to potentially dangerous.
In short, The CTSY fuse is a 20A fuse that bridges the circuitry for the vehicle’s courtesy lighting. That is inclusive of the dome lighting, vanity lighting, and many other associated circuitry systems. When the fuses are blown it can have some very irritating to devastating consequences such as power drain on the car’s electronics.
What systems does a blown CTSY fuse affect?
The circuitry has some key vulnerabilities that when the fuse is blown for whatever reason will affect the vehicle. The cargo lamp will not switch on and in case you keep your tools in your cargo section or have to retrieve something from there.
The lack of light can be very inconvenient. While the cigarette lighter might not be as popular, a utility nowadays for smokers and purposes that require the heating component functional the blown fuse can be a big hindrance.
The console courtesy lamps, as well as dome light, allow for easy night driving. And you never know when it can become a security issue where visibility in the car cab is paramount.
If the blown CTSY fuse affects the Information display center the driver could be in danger of damaging the car, have speeding, fuel, or pressure issues.
These problems unattended can have dire consequences for the driver, as he is likely to; in the best-case scenario, end up stranded in an unsafe stretch of road and in the worst where he can speed out of control resulting in an accident.
Annoyances included of the failure of this also include rendering the tailgate lock switch and/or lift-gate lock ineffective.
Meaning you can not use your switches to open the tailgate or lift the back compartment of your vehicle. The J/P Compartment, Horn relay are components also vulnerable to the fuse failing. The Inside Rearview Mirror and Outside Remote Control Rear View Switch can be a safety issue if not noticed early on. It would also be inconvenient to have an inoperable sunshade mirror lamp and defective receiver for your door lock system.
How The CTSY Fuse Works
The 20A fuse powers the lights and is considered hot or live at all times, this is the orange wire. The white wire acts to ground the circuit. A short in the circuit’s wire will ground but it will remain live and the lights will stay on.
If the short happens on the orange wire it will blow out the fuse. To deal with issues resulting in the blowing of the CTSY circuit it would be advisable to run your diagnostic against the list of elements affected by the fuse as stated above.
Some systems related to the CTSY fuse (20A) blowing can be immediately identified with the aid of an ampere meter. The device can be used to try and identify any parts where there is a drain in the circuitry.
Another trouble check method you can employ is to replace the fuse and remove all the light bulbs, identifying the faulty wiring when the bulb blows once replaced.
Common locations for short-circuiting tend to include the dash, cigarette lighter, radio, the sill under the driver’s door, where the wiring goes to supply power to the dome light.
It is advisable that if there are any signs that the circuitry is shorting, the best recourse is to perform a physical check for any wire fraying or cuts.
And looking at the wiring of the CTSY circuit after any major electronic work on the car. Other shorts might not blow the fuse but an observable effect is immediately observed such as having the lights dimming when the door is opened.
Conclusion on ctsy fuse meaning
The CTSY fuse is a vital part of the vehicle’s light, primarily, as well as the locking system. The circuit tends to interact with a lot of other components which can result in frustrating to dangerous situations. Getting an Auto-electronic technician to look over your car in this situation can save you from many annoying costs. The work of resolving the result of a blown a fuse can be very tedious but is always worth the trouble.
Thomas is a retired Chevy Auto Technician, Father to two incredible daughters. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help you solve and find reliable information on Chevrolet vehicles.