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#16: 11-20-2012, 04:21 PM
Title: Contributor
Car: 05 OBXT, Stg3, lifted, light bar
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It was in fact the fusible link. I've dealt with them before on some old Toyotas, but I was used to all electrical devices passing through a large single master "oh shit" fuse. It was really confusing that certain features still had power, so I didn't even think it could be that.

In any case, it looked fine from the top with shiny clean terminals and it must have been flowing just a enough electrons to give my circuit tester an LED light on both terminals. However, I unbolted it and the bottom was covered in some flaky black stuff that almost looked like exhaust ceramic (corrosion?). I jumped the terminals with some pliers and things started working. Voila!

The ABS light is on now, so I'll look for codes when I get back in town.

Thanks for everybody's input and advice. Even with the possibilities that turned out to be fine, I know a little bit more about my car now.