I know I might find the answer somewher but don't have time to do a thorough serch and will be going to try and fix this problem where I have no PC to help me.
My daughters 99 pre runner failed to start last night. She said it had made a strange noise when she last started it and went out for the evening. Smart right? Anyway old dad had to make a midnight "help me my truck won't start run" last night. The battery had good voltage (12.5 volts) and was dropping about 1 volt under load from the ignition. The lights are bright and did not dim noticably when trying to start. No click no nothing when trying to crank. I did see that the positive battery cable was probably repaired at one time and the clamp is one of those kind that the wires clamp down with two small bolts. I checked for tightness on this and one of them was quite loose. I loosend both and then retightented to see if I could get some fresh wire conectivity. That is when the whole lead clamp almost broke in half. The main positive wire was not under any strain (not too short) but the smaller wire that goes down into the bottom of the fuse pannel under the hood was stretched just to get it to the clamp that I had just broken. I suspect this may be the problem. I know the clamp has to be replaced and will do that first and try to replace the too short wire. I looked for the starter but did not find it in normal (chevy style location). Is it inside the bell housing?
Anything you can think of to arm me with before I try to go and fix this critter this morning would be greatly appreciated.
165,000 miles, v6, auto, 2 wheel drive.
The started has been replaced some time ago.