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help with electrical issue

2002 Solara SLE convertible......Yesterday My clock, power outlet and mirrors stopped working. I suspect a bad phone charger had blown a fuse. so I have another phone charger that works fine from my other car. However, I cannot find a blown fuse. Im looking for some help. I pulled the fuse box cover (coin holder) next to the steering column. The CIG and the Power Outlet were not blown. However I replaced both fuses with spares and no change.

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Get a simple electrical tester, the one that looks like a pencil with a lead attached.
Go through the fuses one by one.
You'll find it.

Fuses can look good, and sockets can 'feel' good, but it's the passing of electrical current that is the real test.

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Before getting any electrical testing equipment, have you looked at a electrical wiring diagram?

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I do not have one...I am currently searching for one
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I do not have one...I am currently searching for one
Get your 2-days at Toyota TIS if you want to see a electrical wiring diagram.

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Ok I tested every fuse with a multi-meter. I had both continuity and voltage in every fuse. I check all fuses in the fuse box next to the steering wheel and the fuse box in the engine compartment.

To be specific The power mirrors dont work, the clock doesnt work and the cigarette lighter outlet does not work.

Everything including the power outlet (the one below the cigarette lighter) work.

Any ideas and thoughts above where to look next..or what might be wrong?
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Ok I tested every fuse with a multi-meter. I had both continuity and voltage in every fuse. I check all fuses in the fuse box next to the steering wheel and the fuse box in the engine compartment.

To be specific The power mirrors dont work, the clock doesnt work and the cigarette lighter outlet does not work.

Everything including the power outlet (the one below the cigarette lighter) work.

Any ideas and thoughts above where to look next..or what might be wrong?
Have you looked at a wiring diagram to see what is on the circuit that is malfunctioning?

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On the 1998 Camry, the majority of the fuses are under the hood, right behind the battery location. The Solara may differ.
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Have you looked at a wiring diagram to see what is on the circuit that is malfunctioning?
Yes, I have the wiring diagrams. Everything points to the 15A CIG fuse as the most likely failure point in the circuit.

I am going to revisit that fuse and retest.
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Solved!

It was the CIG 15A fuse. the fuse had continuity however it would have it and then not, have it and then not. I pulled the fuse and it looked fine. reinserted it and tested..same result

I would lose continuity then get it back..I thought it was simply me not touching the very small testing spots on the top of the fuse...turns out the fuse was defective. I had replaced it earlier with a new fuse and the new fuse was defective. I put pulled a 15a working fuse form another slot and everything worked. I went and bought another one and now everything works.
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Is there an ACC fuse? That caused similar prob on my 01 Avalon.
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Not really. The typical ACC type functions are distributed among several fuses.
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Sorry - Avalon 2001 has a fuse labeled ACC - odd but it only controls the radio and side view mirrors. Sorry the idea led to a dead end for you.
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no worries!! thats what this is all about...

by the way how do you like your avalon? This Solara is honestly the best car I have had..I have had Saabs, BMW, GM cars and this one beats them all. MPG isnt that great but the accelerator responds beautifully, it handles and rides better than any car I have had and the engine is bulletproof. I am at 220K miles and cant bring myself to get something else.
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Not to co-opt Avalon344's privilege here, but the Gen2 Avalon is at the sweet spot of Camry-ness combined with "boring" Toyota engineering and reliability, cabin and seats for 6+ footers front and back, and a perky, if somewhat octogenarian personality. Kelley Blue Book ranks the 03 Avalon as the #1 best used car under $5000.

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