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1999 Honda Accord elec. problems HELP

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Jan 18, 2013, 1:01 PM

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I have a 1999 Honda Accord, recently replaced my brake light switch due to them not working. Everything (besides brakes) was working before the installation. After, brakes worked fine. BUT my radio, dome lights, courtesy lights, dimmer behind speedometer, trunk lights, license plate light, gear shifter lights and most importantly night-time running/driving lights DO NOT WORK. Basically the entire interior light system. I have checked ALL fuses in all 3 locations, and replaced the driver's side and passenger's side Multiplex units, to no avail. As well as the headlight/blinker switch. The problem occurred after replacing the switch, though I do not think it is the underlying problem. We also replaced all bulbs. Everything else works including windows, headlights, moonroof, reverse lights, brake lights, blinkers, certain instrument cluster lights (i.e. service engine soon/ seatbelt etc.). I am about sick of this problem, and i'm on the verge of sending it to a mechanic and blowing more money than i need to. PLEASE, SOMEONE HELP!!! any advice is GREATLY appreciated.

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Jan 18, 2013, 7:26 PM

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Are you checking these fuse with a 12v test light for power or just visually checking them? Visual check means nothing if there is no power to them

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Jan 19, 2013, 8:33 AM

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I agree with Nick. Use a test light or multi meter and set it to continuity. I can't tell you how many times I have just looked at fuses thinking they were fine only to later find out that it was actually blown. You can't always tell just by eyeballing it. The fuses have two little holes on the end where you're able to touch a probe to each side to either make your test light bulb light up or hear the beep from the multi meter. It only takes a few minutes to go through and check every fuse in the whole fuse block. If you don't have a test light or multi meter you can make a test light with a couple wires and a small light bulb. You can even pick up a basic multi meter for around $10.

If all fuses pass the test you may have a loose ground or possibly a loose wire. Be sure to go back and look over your work. Since these new symptoms started after you replaced the switch maybe you accidently pulled on a wire too hard and snapped it off a connector or something similar.

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