Mechanics

PANEL FUSE BLOWS IN ABOUT A MINUTE AFTER YOU START DRIVING.

1999 Toyota Camry • 88,734 miles

1999 CAMRY LE 2.2L 5SFE 4 DOOR POWER WINDOWS/DOOR LOCKS/SEAT. CAR SET IN DRIVEWAY FOR 3 YEARS FOR WANT OF CYLINDER HEAD REPAIR. FINALLY REPLACED HEAD AND CAR RUNS FINE BUT DEVELOPED BLOWN PANEL FUSE AFTER DRIVING ABOUT A MINUTE. WAS OKAY BACKING OUT OF DRIVEWAY. PUT IN DRIVE AND SHORTLY AFTER FUSE BLOWS THEN SPEEDOMETER, TACHOMETER AND ODOMETER QUIT WORKING. WHEN KEY FIRST TURNED ON ALL PANEL ITEMS APPEAR. WITH FUSE BLOWN, I HAVE NOTHING ON PANEL AND WHEN KEY FIRST TURNED NOTHING ON PANEL WORKS. I TURNED ON HEADLIGHTS WITH FUSE BLOWN AND PANEL DOES LIGHT UP. WITH FUSE BLOWN WIPERS, A/C/HEATER, CIG LIGHTER, DOME LIGHT NOT AFFECTED. NOTHING LEFT ON WHEN ENGINE SHUT OFF. ALL WIRING LOOKS NORMAL AND HOOKED UP.I AM 81 YEARS YOUNG AND HAD MECHANIC DO ALL WORK. HE HAS NO ELECTRICAL EXPERIENCE(YET!). YOUR HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. TKS, PETE
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Yataretep
October 14, 2012.




My bad door locks functional. He left key in ignition causing lock malfunction.

Tiny
Yataretep
Oct 14, 2012.
You need to be checking those components related to the fuse as shown in diagram.

KHLow2008
Oct 14, 2012.
Most of this is greek to us. What is combination meter and where is it located? Does 'generator' mean alternator or something else? What is 'drl main relay' and where is it? Sorry for our ignorance!

Tiny
Yataretep
Oct 14, 2012.
Combination meter - meter cluster where the gauges are.
Generator - alternator.
DRL = Day Time Running Lights, if equipped.

KHLow2008
Oct 14, 2012.
If there is no bare wire and it's one of the components having an issue how do I check components?

If it's a bare wire how can I track it down?

Since the power window's are also affected when the fuse blows could the power window switch cause the fuse to blow?

I've had the alternator checked at an Autozone and it passed the test, but could there be a problem with it and if so could that blow the fuse?

Could the main relay be having an issue and blowing the fuse?

Since the fuse only blows while driving could the VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor) have a short in it?

Tiny
Yataretep
Oct 14, 2012.
You would ned to test the circuits to be sure. Try by disconnecting all components and with ignition switch on, replugging each one back. Wiggle the wires and note fif the fuse breaks. Never an easy task locating such problems.

Answer is yes to all your questions.

KHLow2008
Oct 14, 2012.
I turned the key to the on position and disconnected and connected all sensors on the motor and all wires that connect to the fuse box under the dash.I wiggled each 1 and checked to see if the fuse was blown, it was not.

Like I said the alternator was checked and passed but when I remove the negative from the battery the car shut off. Is this normal?

Also, when I turn on the key to the on position the ABS SOL and ABS motor relays click 3 times. Is this normal?
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Tiny
Yataretep
Oct 14, 2012.
You should never be disconnecting the battery terminals when engine is running. If the alternator is bad, and current surges can fry control modules. Use a voltmeter to test the charging.

Clicking of relays are normal. You need to be wiggling wires near components, not the fuse box. Try shifting to reverse to see if fuse blows.

KHLow2008
Oct 14, 2012.

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