Multiple electronics suddenly went out and car won't shift - what is wrong?
1999 Toyota Camry

Multiple electronics suddenly went out and car won't shift - what is wrong?

(1999 Toyota Camry)
I was driving my 99 Toyota Camry when suddenly it felt like it was lacking power, and then the radio randomly shut off. I thought maybe the battery was dying so I pulled into a parking lot, but the car was turning on without any issues. I realized that I couldn't shift out of park, and then noticed that my tail lights as well as my brake lights and turn signals were not functional. In addition, the power locks and power windows did not work. The car will drive if I use the manual override to switch gears, but it still feels as though it doesn't have much power. I have checked the fuses and none of them seem to be broken, so I am at a loss for what the issue could be. I've been told it probably isn't a relay issue since it affected so many different things at once, but since it happened so suddenly, I'm not sure what it could be. I'm not sure if it's worth mentioning, but the hazard lights do work. We also tried replacing the brake sensor but it didn't make any difference.
What seems to make the problem better or worse? Not applicable.
How long have you had this problem? One week
Tags: toyota, camry
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on September 02, 2019
I would still check the battery to ensure it is fully charged and able to handle a load.

Beyond that, this is where a wiring diagram becomes helpful. You can see if there are common factors -- like a common ground -- that applies to all these components. Then, you can trace the wiring down to the area of failure. You can't even guess without hands on inspection and checking with a voltmeter / ohmmeter.

Of course, checking the charging system is a good idea also, to ensure it is putting out the proper voltage and amperage.
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on September 02, 2019
I would still check the battery to ensure it is fully charged and able to handle a load.

Beyond that, this is where a wiring diagram becomes helpful. You can see if there are common factors -- like a common ground -- that applies to all these components. Then, you can trace the wiring down to the area of failure. You can't even guess without hands on inspection and checking with a voltmeter / ohmmeter.

Of course, checking the charging system is a good idea also, to ensure it is putting out the proper voltage and amperage.
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