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Corolla 1998 stereo, lighter, boot and roof light, door remote not working

Looks like Im in a big trouble. I wanted to replace the original Fujitsu Ten cassette player with a new Sony CD/MP3 player. When I opened the cassette player, I found the sockets' shapes different from the Sony socket. So I thought to cut that socket out and connect the cables with the Sony's sockets. After connecting the wires with my new Sony's socket, when I checked whether it works, the CD player did not turn on, meaning no power supply. When I checked the fuse (one for Radio/Cig) it was blown out. I checked the cig lighter was also not working. I replaced the fuse with new one and it still does not work. Then I find that roof and boot lights are also not working. And the worst I find is that the door remote lock system does not work too. I can lock the car using internal center lock button or manually using the key but remote does not work; when i press the button only indicator lights blink and horn beeps once or twice. I cant figure out what is going on? One thing I should mention is that when I cut the wires, the switch was ON (I forgot to turn it OFF, me silly) and instead of cutting the wires one by one, I cut them together using a metallic wire cutter, which could have caused some short circiut. Can anyone please help solving this whole problem? I hope its not any serious problem than some fuse related issue. I am really worried. Thanks.

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  • Fisa Oct 23, 2008

    Thanks mas66 for your suggestion. It really helped. The stereo was wired correctly. It was the interior or dome light that was the culprit. I replaced its fuse and everything worked fine. The stereo, center locking, doors, boot light, cig lighter, I mean everything. I was surprised. :)

    Thanks again.



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I would be concerned that you may have wired the stereo incorrectly, causing this shorting problem. I suggest that you take it to a stereo installer to check the wiring, as if it is wired correctly the stereo should at least light up with a new fuse in there. Unless the new fuse blew straight away when you put it in. The central lock is likely to be thrown off by the fact that the interior light isn't working, as it uses this input to figure out if the doors are open or shut. Check interior light fuse condition, and get the wiring you've done checked, would be my advice.

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