How to Replace the Radio Fuse on a Toyota Matrix

by Tara Kimball

When the radio cuts out in your Toyota Matrix, a simple troubleshooting step to avoid the cost of a new radio is to replace the fuse. The radio and cigarette lighter share a 15-amp fuse in the Matrix, so if your radio and cigarette lighter jack are both out, odds are good that the fuse has blown. Buy a container of assorted fuses from an auto parts retailer and use a 15-amp fuse for the radio at all times.

Sit in the driver seat of your Matrix. Leave the door open to make it easier to access the fuse panel. Pull the cover off the fuse panel, which is located on the front of the dash panel, near the door.

Locate the fuse that powers the radio and cigarette lighter. The radio fuse is the last one in the fourth row of fuses. The first row contains only two fuses. Use the fuse puller stored inside the panel cover to pull the fuse straight out of the panel.

Insert the new fuse in the slot where you removed the old one. Line the fuse up so that it inserts straight. Push the fuse into place until seated.

Replace the fuse panel cover by pushing it straight into place until it locks. Start the car to test the new fuse.

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About the Author

Tara Kimball is a former accounting professional with more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance and small business accounting. She has also worked in desktop support and network management. Her articles have appeared in various online publications.