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Weird problems after arcing battery terminals

Discussion in '3rd Gen 4Runners (1996-2002)' started by Whiskerwhisker, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Jun 10, 2018 at 6:22 PM

    Whiskerwhisker [OP] New Member

    Jun 10, 2018
    96 4Runner 3.4 150,000
    96 3.4l 150,000

    Good story. A deer took out my front left turn signal housing, so I removed it. shortly after massive sparks flew drum under the hood. My guess is the air draft blew the battery retaining strap over onto the positive terminal. I quickly pulled over and shut it off but the terminal was melted... in the dark with no cell reception on a back road, I decided to try and get it going sgain.

    I got my positive wires re attached, and the truck started. I was in disbelief it ran, but, whenever I hit a bump, the gauges, radio, and lights would dim. Speedometer needle drops etc. it progressed to get worse, and now the motor won’t stay running. I’m very mechanically able and a decent shade tree... but this is baffling me...

    Seems like the fusible links (wires under the hood fuse box in clear plastic) are good...

    It would be great to be able to post this in the general area and get some quick help, Thanks!
  2. Jun 17, 2018 at 9:08 PM

    Toyotayoda New Member

    May 8, 2017
    Atlanta area
    1997 SR5 4x4, 302k and counting
    Tacoma whip, 99 console box, tru trac., steering wheel, PWMS and HVAC control out of a 99.
    probable fried the alternator, or blew the alt fuse, or "alt s" fuse. sounds to me like it not charging to well.
    DTOM_plz likes this.

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