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Won't start a. Brand new battery. 1998 Toyota Camry, Tried

Customer Question

Won't start a. Brand new battery.
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery? What is the model/year of your Toyota?
Customer: 1998 Toyota Camry
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Tried jumping. Car started then died after a minute or two of driving.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Previous owner added stereo system.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Brand new battery
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
As soon as we touch the battery with jumper cables, the alarm goes off.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I don't have money to fix anything else!! The battery cost almost as much as the car!!
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

Thanks for posting

It sounds like it has an old alarm system that has activated when the battery went dead

Try doing this:

take the key out of the ignition

disconnect the car battery negative cable

put the key in and turn it to on

connect the jumper battery to the positive battery terminal

connect the negative cable from the jumper directly to the negative cable that you took off

If the alarm stays off it should start

let me know what happens

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Nothing
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Should the jumper cables be hooked up to the other car?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Hooked up to other battery. Car won't start but alarm is working LOUD and clear! Now what?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
In fact, the key alarm and dashboard lights are working. But car won't turn over.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Got car to start by regular jump. Will try cable off trick again.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

Is there a red LED light on or just below the dash, is there a toggle switch on the left kick panel, if so turn it to off.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
there's a red light but I don't see a toggle switch anywhere on the left panel
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I found the fuse box but no toggle.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Even pulled the carpet back.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

Is there a push button on the back of the LED?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No only thin red and blue wires
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

Is the light flashing? Can you push the light in like a push button?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Flashes when alarm goes off. It's a solid fixture.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

Look under the dash on the left and see if there are a couple of fuses inline that were added for the alarm and pull these out.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
What would they look like?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Lots of electrical tape!!
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

A couple of fuses like what's in the fuse box, they may be taped up.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Can't find it. We're out of time. Can we continue in the morning?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
We think this is related to the alarm.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

Yes, just reply here again.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thanks, ***** ***** you later.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

You're welcome.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Now the d*#m car won't start at all!! What have we done?? It's sitting in my husband's company parking lot so we're going to get it towed home. We've only had the car for about six weeks. The previous owner is still insisting that he never had a problem with the car not starting. It wouldn't start a couple times, so we replaced the battery. Now all of this nonsense!! So frustrating!
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

Would you like to continue this after the car gets to your location, I can give instructions how to remove the alarm system relay and related wiring that keeps the car from starting, it's the only solution I can see at this time.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
that would be fantastic Ted!! Many thanks for all that you've already done! It helps to know someone is guiding us through this. I really don't have the money for a mechanic, plus I'd rather tackle it myself if possible.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

Great, just let me know when you can continue.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Hi Ted, I'm ready to try again! Let's disable the alarm system!
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
At this point turning the key does nothing.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
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Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

Ok, the first hing is to remove the bottom cover on the steering column, there should be an add on relay about 1 inch square, with some wires attached, this the relay that keeps it from starting, it's then a matter or removing these wores from the relay and connecting them back together matching each wire color, throw the relay out, next locate the alarm black box, it has a connector with a bunch of wires going to t, pull the connector off, there atr a couple of wires that will be tapped into existing wires with scotchlock connectors, cut these off, splice any wires together that seem to have been cut and are the same color, remove the black box and any wires associated with it, all wires that are tapped into existing wires should be cut off.

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