How Can I Move Electrical Cables Out of Way to Replace Fuses

Asked by Jun 09, 2015 at 05:43 PM about the 2003 Toyota RAV4 Base 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

In the past couple months, both the speedometer light and the cigarette lighter on my 2003 RAV4 have stopped working.  I located the internal fuse box, but am staring at a giant clump of electrical wiring in front of the panel, which makes accessing the fuses very difficult..


Is there a way to get the wiring out of the way in order to see the fuses and replace them? The fuse puller is to short, my hands will not fit, and my little pliers cant go in straight because of the wiring.? I hate idea of paying a ridiculous price to have a couple fuses replaced. The panel is already located in a position which requires a person to sit on the ground outside of the car. But the bundles of wire are the biggest obstacle. The diagram in the manual doesn't show this design flaw. Obviously Toyota technicians  don't go through the same hassle.  Is there a way to loosen or temporarily disconnect this bundle of cables? Any feedback will be appreciated.

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I never fond a good answer. I ended up just separating the individual wires far enough apart to see the space where the fuse was located. Removing one plastic tie helped. Removing the fuse was much easier the installing the new mini fuse. There was barely enough space behind the clump of wires for the fuse, let alone my fingers. I dropped the fuse 6 or 7 times because I couldn't get the correct angle. A 5 minute job took bout 45 minutes.

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