Hi, I’m female. Took Auto Mechanics 101 back in the dark ages when I was young because I saw my mother get ripped off by mechanics and she never understood what they were talking about. So I know the basics.
I have driven nothing but Toyotas, either used Camrys or a used Corolla, for the past 8 years.
Just got a used 1999 Camry for a great price. Knew it needed some work but based on
the vehicle history, which I checked at Autocheck dot com, I felt comfortable with what I was buying, the potential repairs needed, and the price of the vehicle. Plus my budget was very limited so I had to stay within budget.
The power door locks suddenly stopped working along with the little light around the key ignition, and the dome light didn’t work at all, so I began to wonder if that could be a simple fuse issue. Found the owners manual online (thanks whoever uploads those) and found the fuse diagram. After studying which fuses control what I took out the two remaining spares, inserted them, and voila!, I now have power door locks, a dome light, and the keyhole light again.
I feel very smart now.
So my question is, could a fuse also be causing the car to not start up right away? A Toyota specialist told me it was probably some valve thing that’ll cost $450 but could it have something to do with the fuse that controls the starter?
The car also has a thermostat issue. Not overheating, but if I drive on the freeway for any amount of time it drops down to very cold. Driving in town it’s at the halfway point, which I know it normal. Mechanic told me it’s a bad thermostat but could that also be fuse related?
Secondly, is dumb to just go buy some new fuses for these areas, try them, and see if that fixes it?
Third, the car has an ancient CD changer in the trunk. If I go get some info from YouTube can I remove that by myself? Can I just cut those wires to the CD changer and its controller or is that stupid? Will doing that somehow mess up the electrical system?
Thanks! Love my new/old Camry. High miles and still drives like a champ.