Thank you for your response rivermikerat, and speedy at that.
In doing other research, I believe I found the problem. I failed to mention that the power steering was having some difficulty as well, in that it seemed to be working, but lost the "power assist" if you will. I couldn't imagine that problem could have been related to the accessory problem.
I found another site that says all of these problems are indicative of the transmission relay sensor (how it relates to the accessories, I don't know). This site states:
"The symptoms associated with failure of the TR Sensor are loss of sound from the radio, loss of power window operation and loss of power steering operation when the car is shifted from park to reverse and/or drive."
I found a TSB which states:
. On some other vehicles, there may be a continuous reduction in power steering assist when shifting into "Reverse" or "Drive." The customer may have noticed a loss of radio sound, power window and lock functions. For this 3.0L concern, the cause may be internal shorting of the Transmission Range (TR) sensor.
This TSB describes all of my problems that I'm having, with the exception of the int. Wipers. That may or may not be a separate issue.
Thanks again for your help. I'll be replacing the part today, and I'll update you on the results.
Monday, November 21st, 2011 AT 3:14 PM