1986 Toyota Camry LE: 2 questions

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Old 06 May 2006, 07:56 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1986 Toyota Camry LE: 2 questions

1. The dome light will not come on when the door is opened when the
switch is set to "Door." It will work when switched to "On" so we know
that the light is not burnt out. Tried cleaning the contacts but no

2. We cannot find the fuse for the air conditioning. According the
manual, it is located behind the passenger's side kick panel. However,
there no such panel on the passenger's side. At least, there is no
easily removable cover like the one on the driver's side. Does the
entire passenger kick panel assembly have to be removed?

We are trying to determine if the air conditioning unit is functioning
properly and/if the cooling system need to be recharged. In 1997, the
system was recharged with the newer, less environmentally damaging
coolant. Anyone know how long it lasts?

Thanks very much!

Dave S.

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Old 07 May 2006, 08:02 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1986 Toyota Camry LE: 2 questions

1 your door switch is bad.
2 There are fuses behind the passenger kick panel but my manual says
they are the Heater Relay, Circuit breaker- for what it doesnt say but
it should be the fan. Cruise control, and seat belt warning relay.
There is a 10a AC fuse but it shows it on an 87, but this Haynes manual
is not always correct, did you check next to the battery, the fuse bank.
If it is a breaker it might be able to be reset, Is power going to the

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Old 07 May 2006, 09:48 am   #3 (permalink)
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How did you check the pin switches at the doors?
Try touching the lead to ground and see if the light comes on, then
clean the contacts with WD-40.

Chances are you're low on refrigerant. Have that checked first - which
would explain why the A/C doesn't switch on if there's not enough

Switching to 134a can present a host of other problems, and even if you
change over everything, air won't be as cold as with your R-12 unless
the entire system was designed for it to start. Actually the 134a is
more environmentally friendly but less efficient thermally.

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