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Hi, I have a 1993 Toyota Townace. Yesterday morning when I went to drive the van, nothing would turn on - not even the immobiliser. We thought we had flattened the battery because we found one of the switches for internal lights in the roof in the "on" position, so we figured we had left it on all night by accident. We proceeded to try using jumper cables to try and restart the car, and although the engine would "Click" like it was trying to start, it wouldn't fire up. After trying for some time even the "clicking" stopped, so we went and bought a new battery instead, thinking maybe there was something wrong with the old one. Now there is still no electricity in the car, even tho it has a new battery - the only thing that works is the immobiliser, the hazard lights, and the horn. (The immobiliser will flash the indicators a few times upon arming/disarming, but the indicators won't work if I flick their switch). The dome/roof lights don't work, the radio doesn't work, the central locking doesn't work (each door has to be unlocked/locked separately), none of the dashboard lights come on when you try and start the car, even the warning "ping" that used to sound when the key was first inserted into the ignition doesn't sound anymore. Someone suggested we'd blown a fuse, so we checked the ones we could find (the fuse box underneath the dash at the front) and found the only burnt out fuse was for the "EFI", whatever that means - I don't even know if this fuse was burnt out before this incident. I changed this fuse, but still nothing has changed. What do I do now? Could it be the alternator fuse (another suggestion from someone else - but I have no idea where this is to check it).
Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter. Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine.
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck bendix gear.
Posted on Apr 19, 2015
First thing I would do is make sure the batter cables are secure and tight to the battery post and make sure the red cable is to the + side of the battery and black is on the - side of the battery. They need to be tight and snug in order to put out the amps needed to start the car. YOu can also put a trickle charger on the battery over night at the 2 amp setting and make sure it is charged up. I would guess one of those problems is what is causing you your grief.
Posted on Jul 23, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I found a paritally blown fuse. When the fuse blew metal pieces ended up partially making contact. After replacing the fuse everything worked great.
Posted on Jan 10, 2009
The Alarm on my Mercedes ML320 sounded every night, then it started doing it more often, Showed it to the dealer he says it's the 'Tow Sensor', that needs to be repaced. $700, down the drain. I have already started hating this car, it eats $500-600, every 6 months...
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
sounds to me that you have an igniton problem not a starter problem and or if you have or had an alarm system could be cause if u do give me feedback and i will explain but seems that your starter is fine from what u say but if you think in terms of the elemts to start a vehicle batery gives pwoer to ignition which sends to starter which gives spark etc i would check you ignition system something is causeing a short and not alowing starter to function
Posted on Feb 10, 2009
SOURCE: '91 LS400, trunk will not
If you hear the sound of the electric latch switch, then it's working but stuck somehow. Just put the key in the switch and turn it to the right and then pull up the trunk or ask someone to help you. it will open. I tried it today and it opened with me. It was stuck from inside by some kind of a broken plastic pieces. Just removed it and now it's working fine. good luck
Posted on Jun 10, 2011
SOURCE: Hi, I have a Subaru Legacy
It sounds like a bad alternator. How do you know the battery is good? Try to jump start it.
Posted on Sep 05, 2011
Testimonial: "I will try to do that! You might be right about the alternator, when I gazed it up all the lights lit back on normally and it didn't seem to be diying"
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