What's wrong when I put in a new battery and my car still won't start?

Tiny
SHAMEKATOYOTA
  • 1994 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 175,000 MILES

Yesterday I left my lights on all night and this morning my car was dead. I asked a guy passing by who is a neighbor to help me jump start my car. When he connected the jumper cables and told me to try starting the car, the battery started smoking badly. I even asked him if the cables were hooked up right because that didn't seem normal. Long story short I think he really damaged my car. I ended up buying and putting in a brand new battery and the car still won't start and is completely dead! I have a 94 Toyota Camry. What can I do next? Does this mean my electrical system has been blown?

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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 10:28 AM

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Tiny
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Check the main fusible links. Reversing the polarity can cause the fuses to blow. Main one would be the ALT 120 or 100 A.

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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 11:16 AM
Tiny
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Yes check that fuse link and all the fuses in the car. Sometimes crossing pos and neg @ the battery can take out lots of fuses and computers

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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 12:08 PM
Tiny
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Thank you! I'm not sure what an Atl 20 or 100 a is but I think I've located the fuse box. It's right next to the battery and there are a lot of different colored plug ins. How can I tell which ones are bad? Is there a way I can change them myself? I won't have money for a mechanic for a while.

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 AT 10:03 PM
Tiny
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You will need a test light or volt meeter to test both sides of the fuse. Key on there should be voltage on both side sof the main fuses

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 AT 10:33 PM

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