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Car is Dead

I have a 1989 Toyota Camry. my car would not start so i had a guy give me a jumpstart and while in my car smelled burning wires. found out he hooked cables up to his vehicle backward and then put them on mine. i now have nothing at all. no dash lights or any other lights, seatbelts won't move, and the motor will not even try to turn over. it is like there is no battery in my car. where do i begin to try to figure this out. Please Help me. thanx

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Hi!
Sorry to hear of the awful incident.
I can't understand how your friend managed to hook up the jumper leads the wrong way without arcing or sparks flying off the leads as connection was made?
Are you sure You didn't try boosting it to 24Volts? to get away?
If so then as the ignition was turned on all the bulbs will have blown and possibly the burning was the Alternator frying.
If Not and only a very brief attempt was made then all may not be lost (Hopefully)
Before this incident are you sure the battery was flat and Not a faulty starter motor? if it was then the connection the wrong way will possibly have only blown the bulbs as I feel the problem lies with your starter.
When trying to crank the engine with a poor/low charge in the battery, Volts go down Amps go up cooking the wires in the starter making it feel/look like a flat battery afterwards even with a fully charged battery installed.
Firstly I would examine all ignition circuitry for cooked wires, then check all bulbs (Replace blown/fused) If the wiring isn't too bad then
I would replace the starter, install a fully charged battery, (Make sure you flash the positive lead before connecting properley to see if direct shorting isn't taking place) then try again.
If you have no luck then come back to me for more suggestions, I'll pop off to my Toyota Buddie and see if I can't scare up a wiring diagram.
Good Luck!
You can do this,
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Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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Your Fuse Box Under Your Hood Is Most Likely Where Your Problem Is. Please Remove And Check All Fuses.
There May Also Be One Under The Dash On The Drivers Side If There Is Check Those Too.
Make Sure None Of Them Have A Broken Connection Inside.
To Be Sure Hold Them All Over A Flashlight Cause You Dont Wanna Miss It And Move On To More Expensive Things.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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    Michael Fisher Jan 14, 2009

    Start With Your Fuses Cause Your Car Is Designed To Save Components Via The Fuses. Make Sure You Check All The Fuses There Should Be Some Under The Steering Wheel Above The Brake Pedal And Some In The Engine Compartment. Please Remove Each One And Check For A Broken Connection Inside.

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