Hope I put this in the right forum, if not please move.
First, I have an 03 Taco, V6 4x4 Manual, Ext. cab SR5
I'm having some issues with starting my truck. Noticed it about a week ago, thought it was an issue with the clutch pedal switch, so I pulled the plug, put a paper clip in to close the circuit and it started. Didn't think much of it, just thought that I'd need to replace the switch.
On Thursday I went to leave work and it wouldnt start. I check the paper clip, which was still in there. Tried everything, wouldnt start. I ended up pushing it and pop starting it with the clutch. Ran fine, got home, parked it, shut it off, tried to start again and no go.
So I check everything, battery voltage is 12.6, starter relay is good, all fuses are good, so I figured maybe it's the starter. Neighbor tried tapping it with a pry bar, but no go. So I check the starter and one of the bolts (top bolt) was missing and the bottom was loose. Figured that its from when my clutch was swapped out 4 years ago and they didn't tighten the bolts
So I order a new bolt from the dealer, take the starter out and go to Autozone, they check it and it's good (I watched it pass their test twice)
So I get the bolt today, put the starter in, go to start, no dice. So then I think that maybe the harness where I put the paper clip in got messed up, so I decided to just cut of the harness and connect the two wires together.
I start my truck, everything goes great. I shut it off and restart 3 times, all is good. Then I start putting everything away, go to start it again, and no go! WTF!!!
So....I need help. What else should I check? When I turn the key to start it doesn't click, just the radio and clock light go away, then come back after I turn the key. I have plenty of power, so what else could it be?