So I'm having a problem with the electric in the cab of my 99 (4x4 manual 4cyl) tacoma. It started with a simple problem which was exacerbated by a bonehead maneuver and I'm hoping it's a simple fix like a bad relay or something.
It started when the overhead light switch wore out. It would flop back and forth limply, but it didn't make contact to complete the circuit. One day, when I was in the truck I noticed that someone had removed the cover of the light, exposing the bulb and the metal that the switch contacted to activate / deactivate the light. (Here's where the bonehead comes in): I had a putty knife in the truck and I was curious if there was something wrong with more than the switch so I tried to complete the circuit by touching the putty knife to the metal where the light switch was no more...
A spark shot off.
Now the lights on the doors that activate when the doors are open, the radio, the power locks, (maybe windows too, i forget) do not work. It seems like it is all the electric in the cab devoted to creature comforts besides climate control has been shorted out (gages still work, turn signals, wipers, etc). I checked all of the fuses, and they appear intact. Is it possible that there is a relay switch for the cabin that I fried?
If anyone has any suggestions, I would be grateful. I'm hoping that I don't have to do a complete wire trace.