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Lady with a 1999 4Runner cannot start car after...

... turning off engine but staying in the car listening to radio waiting for her training to start. Unknown to her though was her headlights was still on. While doing this for 15-20 minutes, her electrical system just shut off completely turning off radio and panel indicators.

Her headlight relay kept clicking until the headlight switch was turned off. Her door lock control acts very strangely using her keyless remote, not consistently able to lock all doors when pressing its lock button.

It sure sounds like some sort of safety or security lock out maybe to protect against the battery draining with the headlights on.

Her car has stock security system, headlights fully manual (not on all the time like newer models).

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Recharge the battery. Or buy a new one. But make sure you have a fully charged battery.What happened was that the battery drained because it probably needs replacement. When the battery drained too low. The ECU deprogramed itself. When installing a new or fully charged battery. Start the car. You may have to remove the negative cable a few times then restart it for the CPU to go into the default settings.

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