My dome lights, the button that opens the tailgate window over the spare tire and my horn all stopped working after my husband started tinkering with the electrical system trying to repair my radio. He tried replacing some fuses but that did not work. I honestly have no idea what he did. But I'd like to get it working again because aside from that, the car is in really excellent shape. Also, he broke the handle off on the tailgate. Is this any easy replace or should I just forget it? As you might imagine I am annoyed because aside from my radio not working everything was fine until my husband started messing with it. He says he thinks there is an exposed wire touching metal somewhere around the radio that is blowing the fuse. I don't know. Any help with this would be great. Thank you,
I would take the radio out and start looking for the problem there. All of your inertior accessories run off that circut, and a short to ground can definately cause that problem. Remove the stereo, and check all of your connections. Make sure every connection is insulated (electrical tape will work fine to cover exposed wires.) Make sure that you pull the fuse for the radio/acc before you button up your radio connections. Once you have done that, replace the radio/acc fuse, and test your radio/windows. If they dont work after that, you may have to go to an electrical shop to have it diagnosed because your problem lies elsewhere. As far as the rear handle goes... it matters where it was broken off at. If the top part of the handle is broken leaving behind small peices ( and the handle hinges look intact) then it can be replaced by removing the interior door panel of the rear door, and unbolting the assembly from the inside of the door. If the hinges are broken, then you will need to buy an entire new assembly.
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You need to wiggle your dome light switch see if shows at all the selenoid could be damaged also check your turn signals and all outside lights make sure there is no problem with them check for any wires crossing around the bulbs if a wire is touching repair an retape together using electrical tape.check inside an underhood ffuse box hopefully you wont have to replace the acc handle also find the door open close sensor wiggle on every door that has one it could also be caused by a bad door sensor most people want to think complicated before simple sorry i am very tired i hope this helps you use a local advanced auto or similar to plug error reader into vehicle an check solenoids
The right side can be unlocked with the key, once opened, the left side can be opened. Mine, the left side requires me to push in slightly while ensuring the release handle is pulled to it's furthest point before it will unlatch. If the electrical contacts at the door frame are dirty, the door may not unlock when pushing the button up front thus requiring the key to be used in the rear door. If this is not the solution, the latch rods inside the door need adjusted which requires some mechanical expertise.
One of the switches on the doors or tailgate are broken. Look at the switches (located on the door or the door pillars) and see if one of them has been broken or stuck. This switch turns lights off when depressed.
Lower the tailgate and remove the tailgate access cover.
Disconnect the control rods.
Detach the retaining nuts and remove the handle and lock cylinder assembly from the tailgate.
... Door trim panels
Disconnect the cable(s) from the negative battery terminal(s).
On manual window equipped models, pull the window crank cover aside, remove the screw and detach the handle.
On the front door of power window equipped models Pry up on the retaining clip at the front edge of the armrest and lift the armrest switch control plate out and disconnect the electrical connections,then remove the retaining bolt from the opening.
Use a small screwdriver to pry off the courtesy light cover for access to the trim panel retaining bolt.
Carefully pry off the mirror trim panel from above the front edge of the door panel.
Once all of the bolts are removed, remove the trim panel by gently pullingit up and out .Detach the courtesy light bulb housing from the panel.
For access to the inner door components, remove the speaker (if it would interfere with watershield removal) and the screws from the trim piece at the lower trailing corner of the door, then carefully peel the watershield from the door.
Remove the screws securing the latch.
Working through the large access hole, position the latch as necessary to disconnect the electrical connector and disengage the outside door handle and outside lock cylinder to latch rods and the inside handle-to-Iatch cable.
Detach the locking rods by unsnapping The remaining outside handle retaining nut can be reached through the access hole in the door frame and the upper striker the portionof the plastic clip engaging the connecting rod, then pulling the rod out of its locating hole.
Position the latch as necessary to disengage the door lock actuator hook. Detach the cable cover and disconnect the cable from the latch. Remove the latch assembly from the door.
under the carpet installed on the tailgate door, there is a hole. put a screw driver in it and manually flip the latch open, to start.
yjen take the door panel off, one screw with the interiro handle, and pull the rest off,
watch the auto release slidw side to side, you will find a broken piece here, I made an extension piece with a plastic hook and screw, works fine for over a year, lube all latch parts with wd 30 once opened.
The electric key switch is next to the key cylinder on the rear door. You can see it easily with the window down and weatherstripping pulled out. The wiring may have become chaffed with the window over the years or the switch corroded in the contact points inside.
if you take off interior panel.....push out the dent with a bar....then try button if no work go back inside and you should see bars going down from handle to latch area...pull up on it and should pop the trunk