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Half the elctrics don't work since jump starting the car.

My daughter has a 1996 Rav4 and had to get it jump started the other day. Since then, half the electrics don't work (she said the guy jumping it caused a big spark whilst connecting the jump leads). Items that DON'T work are; Indicators, tail lights, instruments/dash, radio, cig lighter, stop lights, wipers. Items that DO work are; headlights, horn, hazards, dome light. It seems that everything related to the intrument fuse panel don't work, but the items related to the engine compartment fuse panel do. I took the intrument fuse panel off and checked the 40A master fuse behind it and that seems ok. Is there another fuse or relay that could be blown. The engine runs fine, but the battery seems to go flat quickly (not charging perhaps, or just a bad battery??). Any help greatly received.

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  • peter_shipma Nov 24, 2008

    Hi Ed,

    Thanks for your reply,the ALT fuse seems ok to me,I've tested it with my meter.



  • peter_shipma Nov 25, 2008

    Hi Ed,

    My email address is . Many thanks for your help.


  • peter_shipma Nov 28, 2008

    Hi Ed,

    It was the 100A fuse that had blown. It looked ok, but when I tested it it was blown. I had to strip the fusebox down to replace it though becasue it's bolted in from the bottom.

    Thanks for all your help.


  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Please provide an e-mail address; I will send you the power distribution in the form of a .pdf. FixYa is not set up yet to post .pdfs yet. I'm sure that the power source info will clear up your issue. In the meantime, check the 80 amp "MAIN" fuse under the hood.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Look at the ALT fuse in the fusebox under the hood. If it is open, the condition that you are describing will be caused by this fuse being blown.



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Thankyou so much. bought a 96 rav4 max and all electrics were working. battery flat when we went to collect so mechanic replaced it and sparked while connecting. spent the last 4 days trying to sort it and intend on trying the fuse you mention tomorrow. I'll let you know how I get on. Cheers again

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  • jagermaster1 Jan 25, 2011

    with great relief I can confirm that it was indeed the 100amp fuse beneath the fuse box in the engine bay. Thanks for taking the time to post on the internet what happened to your daughter and what the solution was. My husband could have looked for days without coming across it. Car now works a treat.


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Sent you two .pdfs this morning; they should help you out. Thanks for choosing FixYa!

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    Thanks for the FixYa/ Much appreciated!



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