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2012 Escape All Dash Lights Came On While Driving And Car Won't Start Anymore

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Hi all,

I was driving today when all of a sudden all of my indicator lights on my dash came on. The car was still driving normal and the gas, along with the speed, was working properly. The temperature wasn't though. All of the lights suddenly turned off not a minute later, then they came back on in about the same, but stayed on for 5 minutes (until I arrived at my deatination).

When I got to my destination, I turned the car off and tried turning it back on to see if the lights would go away, but the car wouldn't even start back up. The electronics were still working though, so the battery isn't toast. No cranking happening when I turn the key either.
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Something important to note is that I just hit a deer not too long ago, it messed up the driver's side front of the vehicle, and you can see the damage in the image attached.

What do you think is wrong with my car?? Anything would help! Thank you!
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An instant change that affects the whole cluster is generally caused by loss of ground or power. If the cluster was de-powered, I think the PATS system would not recognize the key put into the ignition switch as all memory of authorized keys is kept there.
I would look at the power and grounds under the hood, under the power distribution box(having relays and fuses) directly next to the battery. You should be able to remove the retaining bolts and lift it up to inspect the underside for loose connections, etc. Also you could remove/replace all the fuses and relays in the PDB. Doing so will insure that any that may have gotten jarred loose by the deer impact would be freshly seated and hopefully gotten good connections.
I doubt your battery is damaged by the collision and suspect loose bits & pieces that can be corrected by examination and refreshing their seating into the sockets.
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