I was installing a remote starter in the wife's 97 Taurus wagon and was
tapping into a big yellow wire from the ignition harness. It was live when
the key was in accessory, run and start positions. Battery was still hooked
up (as per instructions in the installation guide) but I touched the bare
wire to a ground a shorted it out. Now the wipers and the speedometer don't
work and that yellow wire is no longer live ever. All fuses related to the
wipers are still good. No power to the fusebox at the wiper plug. Wipers
work when I patch power to the fuse panel from another live wire. No other
weird symptoms, all other systems are fine.
Anybody know where that yellow wire goes and what it does? Could it have an
inline fuse somewhere?
I checked the maxi fuses and didn't find any marked "wipers". Switched the
relays around to see if that was the problem - it wasn't. Shone the trouble
light through the fuses and couldn't see any that were bad. But... after
reading your reply, I went back and popped the fuse box out of it's clips,
took the back off, saw where the yellow wire went in and pulled that fuse.
Sure 'nuff, it had blown. $5 later and the problem is solved.
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