I connected the battery up backwards and now it won't start

Tiny
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  • 1994 TOYOTA CELICA
  • 150,000 MILES
I have a 1994 Toyota celica 1.8L DOHC. I hooked the battery up backwards and tried to start the car. Its now on right but will not start or shift out of park. Also, the brake/tail lights and dash lights will not work. Power locks and windows will not work
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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 AT 3:56 AM

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Tiny
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Did you check all the fuses?Also please finsh your details on the problem your having.
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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 AT 4:02 AM
Tiny
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Yes. I mentioned in the question that the fuses and relays are all good. Also that the starter and battery are good. I can jump the car by running a hot wire from the starter to the battery and it will run. I believe all of the details are included in the question. Thnak you
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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 AT 3:26 PM
Tiny
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I can not figure out how to edit the question and apparently all of the info I entered did not show up. Let me clarify. I have checked the battery, starter, fuses and relays. I have checked the fusible link running from the battery. The car will do nothing (no sound) when you turn the key. The brake/tail lights and dash lights and pwr windows and locks will not work. Headlights and interiors do work. The car will not shift out of park. Sorry the details did not show up.
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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 AT 3:39 PM
Tiny
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How did you make sure the fuses were good?By making sure there was power to both sides of the fuses thats the proper way to check them. Lets start with making sure you have power to both sides of the 60 amp main fuse in the underhood fuse on the left side of the engine comparment.
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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 AT 9:06 PM
Tiny
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I will replace it just to be sure. Thank you.
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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 AT 9:29 PM
Tiny
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The reason I say to check for power on both sides of fuse is one to see if the fuse and two to make sure there is power going to the fuse. There is a fuseable link that feeds that fuse so I want to make sure the fuse is getting power. You have a multimeter correct?Let me know what you find.
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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 AT 9:45 PM
Tiny
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Ok. Upon further inspection, I figured out that my 100amp fusible link was blown. I replaced it and everything is working again, but the car will still not start. After replacing the fuse, the cars security system was acting weird. I dont know if its pertinent but it never has before. I thought the security system was disabled or didnt work. There were lights flashing in the rear similar to hazards and there was a light blinking by the steering wheel. I unhooked it because its the only way that the lights would go off.
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Monday, November 21st, 2011 AT 10:33 PM
Tiny
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Is this a factory or aftermarket security system?Does it crank and no start or no crank no start?
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 1:18 AM
Tiny
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I believe it is factory, but I am not sure to be honest with you. It must have had problems in the past because the wires under the hood have been unhooked since I bought the car a few months ago. It does nothing at all when I try to start it. No crank, no start. We did have the car running earlier in this process by jumping the starter. I am getting nothing at all when turning the key though.
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 4:43 AM
Tiny
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I dont see a factory security system on that car. Do you have a multimeter to do some testing?
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 AT 4:58 AM
Tiny
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No, but I can pick up one if necessary. I have been using a test light.
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 AT 4:09 PM
Tiny
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You can use the test light for now with the key in the start position the red and black wire coming off the ignition switch should have power. Also key in the start position you should have power to the black wire to the starter solenoid on the starter. Also do you have a automatic or stick shift car?
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Thursday, November 24th, 2011 AT 2:16 AM
Tiny
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There is no power coming from the ignition switch. I unplugged the connector on back of the switch and tested the contacts on them in the start position. The light would not come on. There is power going to the starter solenoid. Is the ignition switch bad? I have an automatic. Sorry about the delayed reply I have been busy.
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Thursday, December 1st, 2011 AT 6:08 PM
Tiny
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With the ignition switch plugged in do you have power to the black wire with a red tracer?Also with the key in the start position do you have power to the black wire with a white tracer?Let me know and we will go from there.
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Thursday, December 1st, 2011 AT 8:23 PM
Tiny
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I have already taken off the ignition switch. After reading various ways to check it, I figured it was bad. I can put it back on if you would like unless there is a way to check with it off.
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Thursday, December 1st, 2011 AT 9:19 PM
Tiny
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Its easier to check with it on please let me know what you find.
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Thursday, December 1st, 2011 AT 9:23 PM
Tiny
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Ok. There is power to both of the wires.
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Friday, December 2nd, 2011 AT 5:03 PM
Tiny
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Then that means the switch is working. You said you had power to the starter but is it to the smaller black wire hooked to the starter solenoid with the key in the start position?
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Friday, December 2nd, 2011 AT 5:09 PM
Tiny
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Just checked again. The smaller black wire is very hard to get to. I have been probing the wires with my test light. I did get into it and I am not getting power
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Friday, December 2nd, 2011 AT 6:18 PM
Tiny
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Ok with the key in the start position see if you have power to both sides of the ST fuse its a 7.5amp in the instrument panel junction box in the left kick panel. Also do you have a manual transmission or automatic?
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Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 AT 1:59 AM

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