2000 Toyota Echo - blown fuses

I put in an aftermarket stereo. It has been awhile since I have done that and somewhere along the wiring process I made a mistake and blew a fuse. I knew the lights around my speedometer weren’t working but what I didn’t realize is that my running brake lights weren’t working, it took me about two days to realize this. I fixed my wiring mistake and started looking for the blown fuse. I found one (i believe # 19 inside the vehicle) and replaced it. This fixed my running brake lights and half of my instrument cluster. THe lighting on the right side of my speedometer seems to work but to the left of it seems to be no light. Also, I have an automatic car starter and before I jacked things up when I use to start it and the blinker lights (sorry i dont know what im talking about) use to come on and let me know that my car was running. I have checked the majority of the fuses(i believe all of them) and it doesn’t seem that I have anymore blown fuses…does anybody have any ideas of what may be wrong?? http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=5d56xc&s=6 Thanks for your time.

There are lights mounted on the back side the cluster for the display and it sounds like you may have some that are burned out and need to be replaced.

First thing to do is find yoru owners manual and find the pages where it describes all the fuses and circuit breakers and where they are. Usually you can visually see that a fuse is blown. But sometimes not, there is just a tiny crack in the wire you can’t see, and you have to pull it and test it with an ohm-meter. If hyou decide to pull all the fuses, do this one fuse at a time, so you don’t get them mixed up when you replace them. A mechanic with a schematic could tell you exactly which fuses are involved, which would make the job much easier.

For future similar projects, you should be aware that there are adapter plugs available for usually under $25 that enable you to connect the audio unit wires to the plug and plug the system directly into the plug on the original equipment wiring harness. The plug connects to the unit on the kitchen table using easy to follw instructions and then it’s a pluug in operation to instll it in the car. It save cutting into the car’s wiring and prevents lots of frustrations.

It might even be practical to get one of these plugs, reattach the original wiring harness plug, instlal the adapter on the new unit, and reinstall it using the plug.

Sincere best.