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Turning the key to on the oil and check engine light come

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Hi... Turning the key to...
Hi... Turning the key to on the oil and check engine light come on. When I attempt to start, lose all power... everything is dead... no starter click... nothing
JA: Does the light stay on, or does it blink?
Customer: Which light?
JA: What is the model/year of your Toyota?
Customer: 1999 Toyota corolla
JA: Are you fixing your Corolla yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: New battery, just changed the spark plugs. Was doing some work on the right fender area inside the engine compartment... Made sure the grounding wire had good contact
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Oh, and it resets if the battery is disconnected
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Toyota
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Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago
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Hi Im David, thanks for visiting the site. did this problem happen after the work was done on the right fender area?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Hello?
Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

im here

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Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

what kind of work were you doing in that area?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
There was some damage to the body metal... I was pounding it out.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Not the fender, the body around the engine compartment
Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

have you checked for damaged wire or losse wires at the fuse box. postive battery power cable going into the fuse box? loose ground?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I checked the ground connection in the passenger side fender - cleaned contact area and wire terminal with wire brush and reconnected with dielectric grease. Checking battery cables now. There is an "Engine Main" fuse that doesn't look great, and I will replace. Battery terminals could use some work too... but don't understand why everything would cut out, and then reset after disconnecting and reconnecting the battery.
Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

you probably knocked something loose with the banging

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Something like what? Before starting, the headlight and turn signal/parking light work properly. When the key is turned there is one loud click, and nothing. All the fuses are really tight - difficult to remove. Will replace the battery terminals, and maybe the fuse box this weekend. When I remove the fuse box, may be able to see evidence of a short under the fuse box.
Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

check voltage at the starter relay

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Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

any update?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Replaced battery terminals and relays and vehicle started. Suspect short at battery terminal, and the vehicle's CPU cut power... Safety feature?
Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

yeppers

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Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

i believe its called a circuit open relay

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Might have been helpful to mention that before.
Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

i said i believe it is. let me find out for sure.

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Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

there is a circuit opening relay. when you go 2 days without responding or updating so we can continue troubleshooting ...cant get back in the groove with that kind of lapse.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
As I said, mentioning a circuit opening relay before would have been helpful... moreso than suggesting 'all the banging may have loosened something". No shit, Sherlock. I figured it out, thanks.
Toyota Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

you're the one who screwed up your vehicle. not me pal. any ways i m glad you got it fixed.

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