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Townace won't start!!! Help!!!

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).

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Try this:

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.

  • Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
  • Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
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.
  • Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

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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.

Good luck

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