Howdy! I have a 1990 Camry that I bought 1.5 years ago. She’s always had a lot of minor electrical problems in all systems (radio, turn signal, interior & exterior lights, etc). Today I finally got around to checking every single fuse by hand. I’ve never touched fuses before, and have very little experience fixing car trouble. I did replace my own blower motor, so I can at least do that level of repair.
Anyway, one of my fuses was fried inside. Turned out the fuse was a 25 amp where it was supposed to be 15 amp. It controls tail lights. It’s apparently been that way for at least 1.5 years, or more.
Ever since I got it it’s been making a shrieking sound when the left indicator was used, unless the indicator was held in a very small sweet spot. The problem isn’t fixed since I fixed the fuse, but that sweet spot is a lot bigger now, and a lot less of a problem to find.
The previous owner said it started making that sound the day I bought it, when he was driving it back from being smogged (aka inspected, to those not from California). I’m wondering if they replaced a fuse wrong when smogging it, and what the potential lasting effects are, and what I can do from here short of taking it to a mechanic. Is there something else simple I can check & replace? Other system problems I should watch for?
Thanks, from a novice!