Weird electrical problem '97 Camry XLE

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Old 21 Feb 2005, 09:59 am   #1 (permalink)
Horsedoc
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Default Weird electrical problem '97 Camry XLE

Ok, I realize I probably have a shorted wire somewhere, but....
When the trunk is open, the tail lights & license lights are on, when
half-way closed, the license lights go out, when all the way closed, the
tail lights are off, license lights are on. I was looking at it, had trunk
open, feeling for loose connections, then all tail lights went out. Replaced
fuse, tail lights worked again, then back up lights not working, and Reverse
light on dash stays on no matter what drive you're in. Check engine light,
and light burned out light is on. My wife also says the clock is not
working. I don't see any other burned out fuses. Any ideas?

WP


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Old 21 Feb 2005, 11:44 am   #2 (permalink)
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Horsedoc wrote:
> Ok, I realize I probably have a shorted wire somewhere, but....
> When the trunk is open, the tail lights & license lights are on, when
> half-way closed, the license lights go out, when all the way closed,
> the tail lights are off, license lights are on. I was looking at it,
> had trunk open, feeling for loose connections, then all tail lights
> went out. Replaced fuse, tail lights worked again, then back up
> lights not working, and Reverse light on dash stays on no matter what
> drive you're in. Check engine light, and light burned out light is
> on. My wife also says the clock is not working. I don't see any other
> burned out fuses. Any ideas?
>
> WP


Look in the bundle of wires on the trunk hinge. Constant flexing can cause
wire to break.
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Old 21 Feb 2005, 12:54 pm   #3 (permalink)
Tracy Brooks
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I was seeing the exact same symptoms on my '97 XLE. The gear select light on
the dash showed the wrong gear also. I eventually found a broken wire in the
bundle in the trunk-driver side. The constant flexing with the trunk lid
must have caused it.

HTH
-Tracy Brooks

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> Ok, I realize I probably have a shorted wire somewhere, but....
> When the trunk is open, the tail lights & license lights are on, when
> half-way closed, the license lights go out, when all the way closed, the
> tail lights are off, license lights are on. I was looking at it, had trunk
> open, feeling for loose connections, then all tail lights went out.
> Replaced
> fuse, tail lights worked again, then back up lights not working, and
> Reverse
> light on dash stays on no matter what drive you're in. Check engine light,
> and light burned out light is on. My wife also says the clock is not
> working. I don't see any other burned out fuses. Any ideas?
>
> WP
>
>



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Old 23 Feb 2005, 07:14 am   #4 (permalink)
Horsedoc
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Thanks for the ideas, I'm going to dig into it this w/e.


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