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Dead stereo... The fuse blew, and I replaced it...it blew again immediately. I'm guessing there's a short somewhere in the wiring..i think the clock is out also. I'm guessing I'll need to go rootin around to try to find the problem, but I can't find a wiring schematic for it...any ideas? Or, is there something else that may be the problem?

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  • Lisamarie537 Oct 15, 2008

    The 15amp ACC fuse is the one I replaced..the filament inside had all but disintegrated and only two "stubs" of the filament were left on either side. I replaced it, and when I turned the car on, the ididcator light was already glowing to indicate it had blown. I didn't think to check the 15amp DOME...I'll have to look into tonight. I'm going to try to pull the dashboard this weekend and get the stereo out so I can have a better look at all the wiring.

  • Lisamarie537 Oct 15, 2008

    Yep...everything is "stock"...nothings been monkied with (atleast that I know of...but noone has had my car other than me either). I believe it worked last Tuesday on my way into work, but when I left on lunch it didn't...The only thing replaced recently is the battery which was done the week prior to it going out...

  • Lisamarie537 Oct 15, 2008

    I do use the cigarette lighter for my cell phone charger, but I wasn't using it at the time. I don't even know if the dome fuse has blown, I didn't think to check that..but I will today. I have a "cassette" adapter for my mp3 player also...goes in like a tape cassette and plugs into my mp3 player. After I noticed the stereo wouldn't turn on, I was still able to eject the cd that was in the player and the adapter that was in the cassette deck..but that's all I've been able to do.

  • Lisamarie537 Oct 15, 2008

    Thank you, I will try that an hope it helps...I can live without the cigarette lighter, but I can't live without my stereo. I'll let you know if it works..

  • Lisamarie537 Oct 20, 2008

    You were pretty dang close! The cigarette lighter was the cause of the problem--turns out a cell phone charger broke apart inside it..the metal tip of it was stuck inside which was causing a short and causing the fuse to blow. As soon as I pulled the metal piece out and put a new fuse in, everything was back to working perfectly. I never would have thought to look inside the cigarette lighter otherwise...thank you! I've got my music back and I'm one happy girl again!

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    The Dome fuse powers the radio per se; if the radio or wiring was bad, the dome fuse should blow first...The ACC fuse is for the memory and other things, like the clock, the cigar lighter/power outlet. Do you use the power outlet for anything? Cell phone, etc?

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Is the radio a "factory unit"?

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Which of the fuses are blowing & blew again when replaced?

    The 15 amp DOME or the 15 amp ACC fuse? Both power the radio on a 2000 Echo. Please advise.

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I will bet that you have a short circuit at the cigar lighter/power socket. I have observed this many times. Cell charger adaptors are not the "exact fit" for the Toyota lighter sockets. The power prong sometimes gets bent, from the adaptor, and shorts out to the outer case of the socket. Unplug the lighter plug & try another fuse.
I am reasonably confident that tis is your issue. Hope this helps you out.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

  • Toyota Ed Oct 15, 2008

    Cool. Let me know how it turns out.

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