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2002 V6 Taco Starting problems!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by eric70412, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Jan 15, 2009 at 9:42 AM
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    eric70412

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    Hello Everyone, I am new to this forum. I have a 2002 Tacoma V6 Ext. cab 4by4 TRD. I am somewhat having a starting problem with it. It doesnt do it all the time. Just sometimes. Ok when I first start the truck up in the morning to go to work it starts great. Once I get to work I shut it off and at the end of the day I get back in it and it also starts great then. But sometimes on my way home i stop to get gas or just stop at the store I shut it off and I am in the store for no longer that five or ten min. I go out and try and start it and it seems like it wants to start but the shuts right back down. So I try to start it again and it does the exact same thing. Sometimes it takes like ten tries of turning it over before it finally starts and it then runs like there is nothing wrong. It doesnt seem to matter whether its hot or cold out it still does it sometimes. The other day I opened up the air cleaner and saw that the air cleaner was kinda dirty. I think I changed it like 2 years ago or so. So I changed it. It seems like it might of corrected the problem cause I stopped and started it several times yesterday with no problems. The truck has 109,000 mi. on it and have never had any other problems with it. But a couple of the times it did that I wasnt sure if I ws gonna be stranded or not. Has anyone out there had any similiar problems with their truck? Any advice that I can get is muchly appreciated.. Thanks Eric
     
  2. Jan 15, 2009 at 10:10 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Welcome to TW!!

    First, I would suggest begining a maintenance schedule. Change your air filter every other oil change. Blow it out in between changes.

    Second, when was the last time your plugs were changed? The gap maybe out of spec.

    Third, check your battery connections for looseness and corrosion.

    Forth, where in PA are you located? A bunch of us are trying to organize a Hooters meet in State College in March/April. Check out the PA thread
     
  3. Jan 15, 2009 at 12:21 PM
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    eric70412

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    My sparks plugs were never cahnge since I have owned the trk. When I bought the truck it had 40,000 mi. on it. Dont know whether they were changed before I had it or not. I am gonna try and change them though. I have been kinda putting it off because I have never changed spark plugs before in a newer vehicle like this. Are they easy to change? I just bought a Haynes repair manual for the truck. So I am gonna try it sometime..
     
  4. Jan 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM
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    I live in Uniontown pa
     
  5. Jan 15, 2009 at 12:51 PM
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    Yeah, they are fairly easy to change. I think you may need an extension to do it.
     
  6. Jan 15, 2009 at 4:31 PM
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    Mine does the same thing when my MAF sensor gets dirty, I clean my MAF sensor and Throttle Body and its like new again :)
     
  7. Jan 15, 2009 at 4:43 PM
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    well i have same prob but it doesnt happen often , i have my truck for about 8 months and it only happen to me 4 times since i got this truck ,i think ur sparkplugs needs to be changed , i just changed my sparkplugs last week, your gonna have to take your air filter hose off, and on the other side take off some small brackets off to get to the sparkplugs, all you need is about a 6 inch extension and spark plug socket,ratchet and a 10 mm socket to take off brackets
     
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