Join Date: Jun 2007
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Interior fuse block
I had the recent misfortune of purchasing an electric appliance that plugs into the 12 volt sockets at the front or back of my 2007 RAV4. It blew both fuses assigned to these sockets. The fuses are located in the fuse block located under the dirvers side dash. On most cars, this would be an easy fix ... but ...
Now the punchline: What moron decided to locate a fuse box under the dash like this? A normal size person must contort painfully underneath the dash, figure how the fuse block cover comes off; then actually SEE the fuse that has the problem.
Well, it happens that even with or without reading glasses, my face ends up so close to the fuse block that ... well, I can't even imagine someone with 20/20 being able to see or read the fuses. The front seat doesn't go back far enough to allow maneuvering space for a good viewing angle. One can get the layout from the panel, cover diagram, but ya really need to be able to look at BOTH the panel diagram and fuses. Moreover, once one gets the fuse panel cover off, (1) one can't see well enough up there to (again) see which fuse needs to be pulled and (2) it's so tight in there it takes a microsurgeon to get the flippin' panel cover back on!!
Alas, I have an appointment at 730 Monday morning at the Toyota dealer to get both bad fuses replaced. I'll be interested to know their techique, and this being such STUPID design by Toyta on an otherwise smartly designed car, I'm extremely disappointed. What should be a three minute, $15.00 job requires a shop tech. to both replace the fuses and the cover, for which I'll now pay $60.00 at least.
If anyone has a magic solution, sharing would be much appreciated.