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2004 GX470: 3 weeks ago and the vehicle has been running perfectly

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our 2004 GX470 just died. We went out to start it and nothing happens. The battery was replaced 3 weeks ago and the vehicle has been running perfectly. Not one thing in the electrical system works. When you turn the key to start all you hear is a rapid clicking sound for a few seconds near the engine fuse box .area
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Neal replied 5 years ago.

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So you say the battery is strong? How did you determine this?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
When we tried boosting it there were more sparks than usual(I frequently boost my tacoma due to leaving the lights or radio on and it never sparks like that). And the ground terminal was lightly smoking so we immediately removed jumper cables after one turn of the key!
Expert:  Neal replied 5 years ago.
I would pull the battery and have it chargd and tested to be safe. But it may be a bad battery teminal connection which is why the terminal was smoking. I will do that when there is not a good connection.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
But even the remote key doesnt work.
Expert:  Neal replied 5 years ago.
It would not as even though it has it's own battery in the remote, the locks still depend on the car battery and even if the voltage is a little off it may cause them not to work.