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2003 highlander wont start after unhooking battery

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2003 highlander wont start after unhooking battery
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Was replacing a coil. Unhooked battery.
When reconnected the battery. Car wont start. Is security system cause?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
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Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Hello, thanks for postingDoes the engine turn over normally but just not fire up? Is it a 4 cylinder or V6?Have you checked some of the fuses in the box under the hood.?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Does not turn over. Seem like car wont start. Even radio wouldn't start or windows
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
4 cylinders
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Fuses fine. I replaced a coil from junkyard. Hooked battery back up. Car now wont start or turn over.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Is there a security feature the stops car aftet battery unplugged.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Thanks. when the key is in the on position do the lights on the dash turn on?Do you have a 12 volt test light or a voltmeter?Yes it could be a security system that has activated, do exterior lights flash when trying to start? Do you have a remote for it?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
How do i reset autotheft system after battery reconnected?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Light on dash on. I do have a keyfob
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Ok, let's give this a try, it amy work or not depending on what system it has.Remove the key from the ignitiondisconnect the negative battery cableput the key in and turn it to on, leave the door openreconnect the battery and try to start it with the door open
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Headlights do not come on
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Did not work
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Does your key fob have the toyota logo on it?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Yes with red dot on back
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Ok, does it lock and unlock the doors?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Yes sir
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Use the key and manually lock the doors twice then unlock twice, did this help?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Nothing
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Is the security light on the dash blinking?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No. Windows and radio inoperable
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
If the security light is not blinking it's not activated and it's not the problem, look in the fuse box under the hood, there should be a large 120A fuse with a clear cover on it, see if this fuse is intact, there are a couple of other fuses, 30Amp and 40amp make sure those are ok, these are the AM1 and AM2 fuses.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Fuses look fine. The junkyard gave me a coil from a sonata. When i put it in the highlander the problem started. When i put the old highlander coil back in car wouldn't start. Would a coil model bust by junkyard cause this. Is there a reset aftet putting old factory coil back in.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Sonato coil looked identical. I put the old highlander coil back in. Cant get engine to turn over periodi
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Dashg goes black when turned to on position
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
You put a coil in that should go into a Sonata, did you look at the fuses inside, it's best to check fuses using a 12 volt testlight with the key on, you will need to check some voltages because it sounds to me that coil may have caused a short and blew a fuse.just because the fuses look good doesn't mean there is voltage going through them.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I only see fuses in engine compartment.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
There are fuses inside at the lower left side of the dash, they may be inside a plastic cover.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Found them. Checking continuity
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Ok, let me know. don't forget the larger fuses.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
All fuses fine.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I been driving all morning. Didnt have problems til i Unhooked battery to swap a coil. Could two bad coils in series cause this crank issue. I expected rough run not no running...this is a pickle
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Cant even get engine to turn over.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Does the battery actually have 12 volts when measured at the terminals?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Waiting on ride to go buy a new battery now. Will.eliminate the battery or solve problem with battery.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Ok, let me know how it goes.

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