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My 2011 AG got hit in the antenna by lightning last night. Went out to go to work and nothing. Flipped the DP dual to emergency and the starter cranked but nothing. I went to open the hood and noticed something funny. The antenna was missing and the cover it mounts to was popped up. Found the antenna 15' away and when I picked it up the outer jacket was burnt off and the wire that goes around the core was loose and the shaft was bent and heat blued. The cover is bent and where the antenna was mounted is ripped off. Got her on a wrecker and sent her to the Toyota Dealer for repair. I'll give you the solution when I get it. Sux as I'm going on my Western road trip on the 1st Saturday of September for 17 days. Hope she's good to go !
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I hate to be "that" guy. But I know of two vehicles (one belonged to a family member and the other was a company vehicle) that was hit by lightning. Repair bills (both paid for by insurance) were insanely high and doubled before either vehicle was semi-reliable. The family members truck was eventually totaled out by the insurance company after over a half dozen trips to the dealer after the initial repair. The company vehicle we had eventually got parked when another guy quit so the guy that had the lightning truck switched his out for the guy that left. he had been left on the side of the road too many times to count. The truck sat for a few years before it was turned back into the leasing company. Super low miles too. I'm sure whoever purchased it from ARI thought they got a screaming deal at auction.
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My 2011 AG got hit in the antenna by lightning last night. Went out to go to work and nothing. Flipped the DP dual to emergency and the starter cranked but nothing. I went to open the hood and noticed something funny. The antenna was missing and the cover it mounts to was popped up. Found the antenna 15' away and when I picked it up the outer jacket was burnt off and the wire that goes around the core was loose and the shaft was bent and heat blued. The cover is bent and where the antenna was mounted is ripped off. Got her on a wrecker and sent her to the Toyota Dealer for repair. I'll give you the solution when I get it. Sux as I'm going on my Western road trip on the 1st Saturday of September for 17 days. Hope she's good to go !
I'm going to hazard a quick guess that you have a bunch of blown fuses, and your radio is toast at a minimum.
I'd also put money on your ECU being toast as well...
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Wow that suks...you must not have trees nearby? I hadnít thought of what a great lightning rod the 4í CB antennae makes - and will remove it when parked while camping out west in the future. I live in the northeast surrounded by trees that could easily blow/fall over and crush my FJ, but I never thought about the possibility of a direct hit by lightning. Very bizarre. Hope you get lucky somehow....
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Wow. Let us know what you find out!
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Wow! That's a new one for me. Curious to know how it goes!

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Re: The tank had a bad night.

Man, that sux. I hope that it gets resolved w/o too many hassles.


That makes me think also. I have a ham antenna on the roof rack that I rarely remove. Also I'm looking at moving to an area with some nasty storms.
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Re: The tank had a bad night.

When I checked the fuses I found none were blown.
I have lights and radio when I switched to emergency on the Dirty parts switch so I'm hoping it's just fried controllers.
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Well , the ecu,alternator,coil,battery and several other things were fried. The ecu is on backorder until the 12th of September and I was going on a road trip for 17 days on Labor day. I guess I'll just be going mid-month instead. I hope.
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Well, it's not going so well. There were several other items needed and they told my wife today that a part (?) that they need won't be in until October 2nd. I'm going to have a little talk with the guy at the dealership tomorrow. It has been 5 weeks this Saturday and my long awaited and needed Vacation may end up being a darn cold time out in the Northern Rockies.
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