Dash/Interior light fuse keeps blowing, lights don't work.

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Old 30 Aug 2006, 09:47 pm   #1 (permalink)
garrettmiller@gmail.com
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Default Dash/Interior light fuse keeps blowing, lights don't work.

Hi, I own a 1998 Camry CE. (Manual Transmission! =D)
Anyway, as of tonight, my interior lights no longer work. I suspected
it was a fuse problem and replaced the fuse.
Instantly upon turning the headlights on again, the fuse blew again, as
indicated by an unhealthy "pop!" sound.

Does this sound like the rheostat could be shorting out? If so, where
would I find a replacement part for this?

Thanks so much,
-Garrett

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Old 31 Aug 2006, 08:31 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dash/Interior light fuse keeps blowing, lights don't work.

Hi Garrett,

The rheostat could be your problem. I had a very similar problem with a
1998 Camry. Everything worked fine except the dash lights. After a
whole lot of testing they found a printed citcuit board behind the dash
shorted out. This was caused by a short in the fuse block. After
replacing both the fuse block and the pc board everything seems to be
working fine again. The rheostat was okay. the parts had to come from
Toyota and they were slow and expensive.

Hope this helps
Riich

garrettmiller@gmail.com wrote:
> Hi, I own a 1998 Camry CE. (Manual Transmission! =D)
> Anyway, as of tonight, my interior lights no longer work. I suspected
> it was a fuse problem and replaced the fuse.
> Instantly upon turning the headlights on again, the fuse blew again, as
> indicated by an unhealthy "pop!" sound.
>
> Does this sound like the rheostat could be shorting out? If so, where
> would I find a replacement part for this?
>
> Thanks so much,
> -Garrett


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Old 31 Aug 2006, 09:06 pm   #3 (permalink)
garrettmiller@gmail.com
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Default Re: Dash/Interior light fuse keeps blowing, lights don't work.

Alright, I'll look into this further. Thanks a lot!

Also... how expensive were these parts? Thanks.
Rich wrote:
> Hi Garrett,
>
> The rheostat could be your problem. I had a very similar problem with a
> 1998 Camry. Everything worked fine except the dash lights. After a
> whole lot of testing they found a printed citcuit board behind the dash
> shorted out. This was caused by a short in the fuse block. After
> replacing both the fuse block and the pc board everything seems to be
> working fine again. The rheostat was okay. the parts had to come from
> Toyota and they were slow and expensive.
>
> Hope this helps
> Riich
>
> garrettmiller@gmail.com wrote:
> > Hi, I own a 1998 Camry CE. (Manual Transmission! =D)
> > Anyway, as of tonight, my interior lights no longer work. I suspected
> > it was a fuse problem and replaced the fuse.
> > Instantly upon turning the headlights on again, the fuse blew again, as
> > indicated by an unhealthy "pop!" sound.
> >
> > Does this sound like the rheostat could be shorting out? If so, where
> > would I find a replacement part for this?
> >
> > Thanks so much,
> > -Garrett


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Old 03 Sep 2006, 10:08 pm   #4 (permalink)
cheffdave
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Default Re: Dash/Interior light fuse keeps blowing, lights don't work.

not to diminish your problem but i believe i am having similar problems
with the fuse block shorting out...all the connections have been widened
to the point that it barely holds a fuse in some spots...does the dash
need to come off in order to change the fuse box?

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