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You might have a bad ground connection. If the battery black ground cable is not connecting to the car frame you will have crazy problems. Look up a wireing diagram for your car, there are several ground cables. Rust and corrosion will get them. With bad ground, Power goes backwards thru all kinds of places.
There's some good U-tube videos "Bad Auto Grounding"

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so the switch is bad or the wire to it, from TCM to switch
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In my experience with problems similar to this, when nothing makes any sense at all, it has most often been a ground that was left off or pulled loose by accident.

some times you can find these by getting a jumper wire and grounding one end, and touching the other end to the wiring harness ground points.

A ground is common to many electrical components under the dash. this is why a loose ground could affect so many different things at the same time.

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Check your ground wire where you spliced the harness together. Sounds like either you have a "hot" wire, either tail light or blinker, or stop grounded out, or the ground you used is not making a good connection. Try grounding it to where your gas tank braided ground wire is locate.

If this doesnt work, I would suggest unsplicing the harness, tape it back up or heat shrink it and buy the new T-connector with tap off for your 7 way plug. Should run you about $27.

A bad ground will cause your dash to go crazy sometimes, because the indicator lights on the dash are not isolated from the trailer when you splice it directly.

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