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Old 09-02-2019, 11:32 AM #1
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I need some help

I took my 05 4Runner 4.7 in to have the battery replaced, it was 4 years old and starting to turn over slowly. After sitting in the waiting room a few minutes, tech comes in to get my keys. Didn't think much of it at the time but said he needed them to save my presets. I go outside after a few minutes and he is tightening up the cables with the engine running. I get in and leave, everything seems fine. Next day , crank the car to go into town, and I have lost all power to the A/C, heat, blowers, the entire console below the radio is dead except the clock and airbag light. I believe he replaced the battery with the car running. I have checked all fuses, relays, replaced the A/C console with a good used one and it does the same, everything is dead. I have disconnected the battery for 30 minutes, removed the fuses from the EFI, and ETCS, Where do I go from here? Trying to stay out of the dealer. Everything i have read leads to a voltage spike, but no information on where to go from here. Battery shows 12.6 volts and 14.2 when running. No A/C, no heat, no blower, no remaining miles on tank of gas, no outdoor temp, entire display is dead except clock and passenger side airbag light. Anything else I can check? What do I replace next?
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Old 09-02-2019, 12:53 PM #2
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I can't imagine anyone replacing a battery on a running vehicle. I'm sure he was just doing a once-over after getting it running. With so many components not working, it has to be a fuse/relay.
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:50 AM #3
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Finally, guys, if your A/C ,heat, blowers, and console info goes out, replace the A/C amplifier. I had checked all fuses and relays, changed out A/C console and got nothing. Swapped out A/C amplifier with a salvage yard replacement and bingo, everything works. Stayed out of the dealer, who gave me a $1500.00 estimate, and repaired it for $154.00 and 2 hours of my time. Thanks to this forum and hours of reading post, it's done. Now my wife is happy and out of my truck. Thanks to all of you.
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Could that have been purely coincidental that it happened the next day after being at the dealer, since it worked fine when you left? I also try to stay away from the dealer, or any workshop, if I think I can do the work myself. I saved $4000 by replacing my timing chain myself.
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It was actually an Interstate Battery sales and installation shop. They have young guys doing the installs and installation is free or I would have done it myself. May have been a coincidence but I'm not sure. I will not have them install next time, it will be cash and carry. I'm retired from 33 years owning a motorcycle shop , so I am mechanically inclined. Just got lazy to let them install, lesson learned. YouTube video showed how the dash comes apart, watched a radio swap video, that's where the A/C amplifier is, directly below the radio.
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