Computer Failure of TOYOTA COROLLA due to Lightning Strike?

Asked by Jul 20, 2016 at 10:16 PM about the 2013 Toyota Corolla LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a TOYOTA COROLLA 2013, 24000 miles. I bought it new 3 years
ago. This Saturday I had a service appointment with my local Toyota
dealership. They passed my inspection at 4:00 pm and went back home.
Around 8:00 pm when I wanted to start my car I saw all the alarm lights
went on solid. My steer-wheel became hard to rotate. A/C didn't work. So I
called them and arranged another appointment on Monday afternoon. I
doubt if they did something wrong on my car. They checked the car and
claim it is lightning strike failed the main computer. Because of that they
say I cannot use warranty. It costs almost 3000$ which made me really
disappointed. I have honestly lost my trust and do not think it is a problem.
I NEED YOUR ADVICE. Is it possible lightning does such failure on main
computer of my car? Isn't it protected for such incidents? It is wired for me.

4 Answers


Lightning strikes can leave cars undamaged or fry all the electronics and everything in between. I wonder why they say it was lightning? How would they know?


Contact your insurance, it might be covered. Also find another mechanic for another estimate. $3K is nuts for a new ECM.


hahahahahaha- that's the lamest excuse I've ever heard! what's next? Sunspots? Aliens? Zombies?

Thanks guys. I am really pissed off. It is a very poor quality maintenance they are offering. I haven't even given any proof for this lightning.

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