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My husband replaced the alternator in our 2007 ghlander, and

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My husband replaced the alternator in our 2007 Highlander, and didn't disconnect the batterie first. Not it won't start, and the wheels are locked. Is there a way to unlock the anti theft device, and reset it?
JA: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix with a Toyota. The Toyota Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Locking and unlocking the car. But hasn't reset it. It is in our garage, and he can't even move it to get on a trailer to bring it to a mechanic
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Toyota Mechanic should know about your Toyota?
Customer: No, everything else was fine.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Hi. The anti-theft should not have been affected by replacing the alternator without disconnecting the battery. When you turn the ignition key ON, does the dash light up like normal?

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