1994 Toyota Camry 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 230000 miles
the car recently developed a short in the tailight electrical circuit.
In the fuse panel on the left side of the dashboard I found a blown 15 amp fuse in the tailight circuit which also included the dash illumination.
My Son drives the car and one evening he said the dash lights would not work.
I investigated and found the blown fuse. I installed another fuse, but as soon as the lights are turned on the fuse blows, direct short somewhere.
I had recently replaced the stereo, so checked everything there and all is OK stereo works and has power when the key is on.
The other power cable (full time for clock in stereo) is however dead as it is part of the tailight circuit.
I have power at the fuse point when the lights are on. So somewhere there is a short.
I have also looked at the cigarette lighter, the light on the lighter and the light on the ashtray and have disassembled both tailights and can find no exposed wires of burned areas.
I guess I will look inside the dash next.
Any suggestions you have on where to look or what may be causing the problem would be appreciated.
I am at a loss as to how to trace the circuit and find the short.
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 AT 3:27 PM