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Thread: 1999 Toyota Camry keeps blowing tail fuse (10A)

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    katherat
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    Default 1999 Toyota Camry keeps blowing tail fuse (10A)

    Any suggestions? I have inspected the exposed wiring in the trunk and
    cannot find any short. Can a blown bulb cause the fuse to keep
    blowing? I think one of the license plate bulbs happens to be out.

  2. #2
    katherat
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    Default 1999 Toyota Camry keeps blowing tail fuse (10A)

    HachiRoku <Trueno@ae86.GTS> wrote in message news:<pan.2004.08.02.23.07.22.303601@ae86.GTS>...
    > I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw katherat wrote:
    >
    > > Any suggestions? I have inspected the exposed wiring in the trunk and
    > > cannot find any short. Can a blown bulb cause the fuse to keep
    > > blowing? I think one of the license plate bulbs happens to be out.

    >
    > You fail to mention, I'm assuming tail lights, *not* brake lights.
    >
    > Untwist the sockets and check the ground wire, make sure nothing got
    > inside the socket (water, debris, etc) The license plate light shouldn't
    > have anything to do with it, but stranger things have happened...


    Yes, it's the tail (10A) fuse which I only mentioned in the Subject
    line. When the fuse is out the license plate bulbs (and the tail
    lights) won't illuminate...

    Today I noticed that when the trunk lid is up and I replace the fuse,
    the lights all seem to work. When I then lower the trunk lid about
    15%, the fuse blows. I guess this sugests that I have a wiring short
    in the vicinity of where the wires run along the driver side trunk
    support...? Darned if I can see it!

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    Daniel M. Dreifus
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    Default 1999 Toyota Camry keeps blowing tail fuse (10A)

    tfboni..........m (katherat) wrote in message news:<9899a4d.0408031516.e372a18@.................co m>...
    >

    Today I noticed that when the trunk lid is up and I replace the fuse,
    > the lights all seem to work. When I then lower the trunk lid about
    > 15%, the fuse blows. I guess this sugests that I have a wiring short
    > in the vicinity of where the wires run along the driver side trunk
    > support...? Darned if I can see it!


    Try feeling for it. Carefully cut open the outer covering far enough
    to expose the length of wires that flexes with the hinge.
    Run your fingers along each individual wire, gently pulling on the
    wire with the trunk in the "up" position and the lights operating
    correctly.
    When you get to the damaged section, you should see the lights go out.
    Doing this, found I could feel a small kink in one of the wires which
    promptly broke all the way through with moderate pressure, so that is
    the wire I repaired. No problems since.
    If pulling doesn't do it, try flexing each portion of each wire by
    hand.
    If you take your time and examine each section of each wire, you'll
    find it.
    Then re seal the outer covering by wrapping electrical tape when
    you're done.

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