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Sep 28, 2009 (6:53 pm)
Reference Post #787 - Quote of problem
"After my car sit all day at work, I got in it to drive home and my power windows didn't work or my dash instruments. Found 10 amp gauge fuse blew after I got home. replaced it and after driving for a few minutes , it blew again. And the battery died after a while and it is affecting the shifting in the trans now. I am sure it's all related by a ground or something. Any ideas? 1999 Camry CE with 145,000."
I have the same problem - 95 Toyota Camry SE. Except the first fuse melted and didn't blow - I removed the melted fuse and I think the fuse slot is fried. Before I start going through all the "Excellent" troubleshooting you have outlined, should I replace the fuse box. I haven't replaced it because I wanted to find the real problem first, but I fear it will be difficult to find the problem without closing the circuit at the fuse. Where should I start?
#837 of 1159 Re: Gauge Fuse Blown [pathfind2003]
Sep 28, 2009 (7:16 pm)
It would be difficult to replace the fuse box. Why is it exactly that you believe the fuse box is bad? Do you think you could put another fuse in the slot as replacement?
#838 of 1159 Re: Gauge Fuse Blown [kiawah]
Sep 28, 2009 (7:26 pm)
Well, the slot for the fuse also melted and deformed. Also, even though the fuse wasn't blown, the circuit opened up. I assumed it was because the slot was fried. Should I try and reposition the slot (move the connector back into position) and replace the fuse? Then trouble shot from there. Or should I connect wire into the connectors and use an inline fuse - so if it melts again - it melts the inline fuse instead of the box?
#839 of 1159 02 camry universal oxygen sensor
Sep 28, 2009 (7:29 pm)
i just put a new bosch universal oxygen sensor on my 2002 camry, unfortunately check light came on, i made sure the colors matched properly ( 2 whites to 2 blacks, 1 white to 1 gray, 1 black to 1 blue ) . Any help will be kindly appreciated, thanks in advance.
#840 of 1159 Re: Gauge Fuse Blown [kiawah]
Sep 28, 2009 (7:31 pm)
Of course, I guess I should test the fuse slot to see if it is good, eh?
#841 of 1159 Re: Gauge Fuse Blown [pathfind2003]
Sep 28, 2009 (7:37 pm)
I would suspect it is good, but if you want to check you can check is with a DC voltmeter, plus probe in the fuse slot, negative probe on a piece of metal frame somewhere.
One of the legs where the fuse plugs in should have 13 volts on it (assuming the battery is good), and the other should have 0 volts.
#842 of 1159 Re: Gauge Fuse Blown [kiawah]
Sep 28, 2009 (7:49 pm)
Thanks!! I will get the fuse working again and go from there. I avoided putting another fuse in because it melted, but the more I avoid it, the more unnecessary work I do.
You are awesome - kiawah!! Thanks again
#843 of 1159 Re: Gauge Fuse Blown [kiawah]
Sep 30, 2009 (7:11 pm)
Tested the fuse slot, it was good, a new fuse wouldn't go in because it was deformed - I inserted two blades connected to an inline fuse. I began your check list starting with the trunk. There they were - bare,melted wires. I cut, cleaned, reconnected and put some extra protection on them. Started the car and drove for about 15 minutes. Everything seems to check out. Fuse wasn't warm, no symptoms. I must say - you seem to know your Toyota's very well. I thank you for all your help. I have a few things to work on, so I hope to talk to you a little more.
Let me know where to send a six pack, bottle of whiskey, my thanks on the back of a $20 bill, whatever. You saved me days of aimless toil and money. You're great - thanks again!!
#844 of 1159 Re: Gauge Fuse Blown [pathfind2003]
Sep 30, 2009 (7:23 pm)
Super, congrats.....glad it worked out. I think the fix you did with the inline fuse should work just fine, rather than trying to replace the fuseblock. Hard to imagine that it actually melted before blowing the fuse...I don't understand that. (Unless this was a used car, somebody before you had the blowing fuse problem, couldn't figure out what was wrong, so put a higher fuse that supposed to be, and hence the fuse never tripped when it should have).
Hope you soldered the trunk wires, or used some permanent wire connector....given that they will flex back there and work loose if you just twisted wire and put tape on it.
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#845 of 1159 Re: Gauge Fuse Blown [kiawah]
Oct 01, 2009 (5:26 am)
The fuse never actually blew - it melted and one of the blades popped out. It was a red fuse (that's 10amp isn't it?). Maybe the fuse wasn't seated properly at the same time and the loose connection and extra amps caused heat. But, not enough amps to blow it.
I did use permanent connectors. I don't like tracking down electical problems I already fixed - so I tend to over do repairs.
I will add and extra $50 to the scholarship this year and give extra cash to the food bank this Christmas. I will also help somebody else with their car problem. Thanks, again.