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Old 09-07-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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Truck won't start. Rapid clicking noise.

Hey all,

I've got a 2003 Tacoma PreRunner SR5. Has just under 100k miles on it. Never had any problems with it until now. What is happening is that when I try to start it I just hear a loud rapid succession of clicks. The engine doesn't turn at all. As far as I can tell the battery is fine. The lights are dimming when I'm cranking it. Is this definitely the starter or solenoid?

Hoping to get this figured out! Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:33 PM   #2
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check the battery.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:34 PM   #4
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yep. not enough juice to crank the beast. jump it.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:34 PM   #5
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Sounds like the starter solenoid is bad. I haven't looked at a Toyota starter in some time, but the last I knew that the solenoid is attached to the starter. You can remove the starter and have it checked. If it's bad, I would replace the whole unit for the warranty and peace of mind. Confirm it's not the battery first. Good luck.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:42 PM   #7
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Test the battery.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:44 PM   #8
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yea the battery is dead, if the lights are gettin dim when you turn the key and it wont crank then that is def. the battery.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:45 PM   #9
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Did anyone mention the battery yet?
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:45 PM   #10
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Okay I'll check the batter and get back to you guys. Thanks for the fast responses!
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:48 PM   #11
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Did anyone mention the battery yet?
im not sure.. bump for a response?
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:11 PM   #12
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Just tried jumping it. No dice. When I said the lights dimmed I mean just in the normal way that they dim for a second when you start any car. Someone else told me to check for this, though I don't know why. That's why I mentioned it. The headlights shine brightly on their own.

So where do I go from here, ya'll?
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:12 PM   #14
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Get the starter tested.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:16 PM   #15
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smack the starter with something. hammer or a wrench or somethin
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:19 PM   #16
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battery?...lol
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:21 PM   #17
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Okay where exactly do I find the starter (or where can I find out where it is)? And can I do this by myself or do I need to be turning the key while someone else bangs on it?
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:31 PM   #18
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lay under the truck and look bolted to the side of your transmission. it looks like a coke can with a little thing hanging on the side of it. ill try to find a picture.

it will look kinda like this
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:42 PM   #19
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Okay thanks I'll give it a try.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:53 PM   #20
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Test the battery. Sometimes it can be too far gone. If it tests out fine then move to the starter.
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