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Electrical Problem and broken door handle

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,

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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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