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Fuse box removal

I need to remove the fuse box on an 08 1.4 8v to check for moisture. The lights are randomly switching (or high and dipped together, I'm not sure) to high beam, without the dashboard indicator. The consensus here seems to be that moisture below the fuse box is the problem.
I have disconnected the battery earth, removed the main 12V feed, but the fuse box seems fixed in. When I pull up it moves perhaps 1mm and appears to hit something. Is there a catch or something that I'm missing?
In the meantime I've removed the main beam fuses and am going to try and see if the dips go out when it flicks or not. Not an ideal situation, so any help would be gratefully received.
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Re: Fuse box removal

Just as a heads up, my lights were also going mental for no particular reason - every time I indicated left, the dipped beams switched off then back on again, which was pretty damn dangerous as I'm sure your problem is too! Turned out the contacts in the stalk cluster had deteriorated (probably due to moisture) to the point where they were doing completely random things; changing the light/wiper clusters solved the problem, and a new unit cost about 80 with forum discount from PartsWorld UK. I'd recommend getting it swapped over by a FIAT garage though, considering the steering wheel airbag.

Hope this helps! Something to keep in mind at least.
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Re: Fuse box removal

Thanks for that. Definitely the next thing to check. But does anyone know how to get the fuse box out? Should it just lift, or is there some trick?
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Remove battery cables, remove the battery, remove red lead into fuse box. Then you have to twist the fuse box 90 degrees towards the wing. Disconnect the 4 main cable connectors from the bottom of the fuse box. Can be a pain to get off but push the grey lever one way or another and they should pop off. The fuse box is held on with 2 lugs so should now pop off.
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Thanks very much. It makes sense now.
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Re: Fuse box removal

Thanks again for the removal instructions.
There was moisture in two of the three plugs. Drying it all out fixed the lights.
I seem to remember somebody saying they had made a waterproof case for the fusebox. Does anyone know if the instructions are on here?
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