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2011.. When starting engine...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Xewkija631, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Feb 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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    Xewkija631

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    Hey everyone!

    I have a question... I have a 2011 Taco and just recently (four days ago) when I start my engine it takes like 5 seconds before it starts up. For example.. i turn the key and the engine is trying to start but struggles. Already once when I started it; it turned off. However for some reason it seems too start fine in the morning and then after driving too school and letting it sit for about 3 hours that's when it begins. I'm definitely sure the weather has nothing to do with it as it's been above normal in New York. I'm no mechanic so I don't know what to really check and my next Maintenance is due for another 2k. While I'm here I would also like to ask how do you go about clueing the engine? it did look a bit dirty; could I just pop open my hood and hose it down or is this a bad idea?

    Thank You in advance
     
  2. Feb 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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    rbeezy

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    its perfectly normal. all the Tacomas in here do the same thing
     
  3. Feb 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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    So this is common...? Even my POS jetta I had before taco never gave me that issue and that thing gave me every issue imaginable.
     
  4. Feb 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM
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    Tacoma Mike

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    Try this
    Put the key in the ign. turn it to on. (NOT START)
    put seat belt on. hit the switch.
    just to see what happens.

    Also make sure you don't have any speed pass keys other chip keys on your ring
     
  5. Feb 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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    Mine did this too after I got my optima battery installed. Well that's good it's normal, it was started to annoy me.
     
  6. Feb 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM
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    Mine did this again just the other day. I'm starting to notice at least the last couple of times anyway that it has done this when I was due to fill up. I was just below 1/4 tank. Anyone else notice this?
     
  7. Feb 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM
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    KenLyns

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    When I turn the key to "on", I hear a pump running for a few seconds. I think it's the brake pressure pump in TRD Off Road models. I let the pump finish before starting.

    Hosing down the engine is fine. I would recommend waiting for it to dry before starting, because water may have gotten into the alternator.
     
  8. Feb 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM
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    Just dont think of it as an issue imagine your truck is turning over a pretty tough v6.
     
  9. Feb 15, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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    Umm...sorry to burst anyone's bubble but mine has no issues or hesitation when starting at all. I have 6k miles on it.
     
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    Mine usually takes a couple seconds holding the key to "start" to get going. And the other day it kinda just stopped. I thought maybe I'd let the key slip back toward "on" so I didn't worry about it much. Maybe it wasn't me after all!

    Mine started right up with no trouble at 6k. I'm 34k beyond that, and it's starting to think about starting a bit longer. Oh well, who doesn't start slower at 40 than they did at 6? :D
     
  11. Feb 15, 2012 at 4:31 PM
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    T/ Body clean ????
     
  12. Feb 15, 2012 at 5:03 PM
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    I wouldn't indiscriminately just hose down under the hood, there's stuff in there you don't want to hit with a hose stream. Maybe a light shower, but I'm sure there's folks here more knowledgeable than me.
     
  13. Feb 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM
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    MMMMMMM i've seen only 2 confirming issues with long crank One is as you know a bleed down of the fuel system
    #2 is a speed pass or another key on the ring which confuses the immobilizer system.
    Guy took it to 2 other places and it got dropped in my hands to figure out why it took so long to start. :thumbsup:
    I was told in come cases 2 seconds is not unusual. So i have to believe the powers to be.

    Interesting.....
    I don't see a common long crank here. Hit the key and less than a second their off.

    Must be the air hehehehehe...
     
  14. Feb 15, 2012 at 5:33 PM
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    sounds like a bad battery issue or lean fuel issue to me. not getting enough volts to correctly fire the cylinders or not enough gas for correct combustion. problem is if you take it to a dealership they will look at you crazy like "why you mad, bro, it starts..."
     
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    I have. It's been the only (sort of) pattern I've been able to find. Forget about the "leaving the key in the 'on' position for a few seconds before starting" bit. I've tried that and that is NOT it.

    Edit: I've also noticed that mine does this less often now than when it was newer. I'm at 14k miles.
     
  16. Feb 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM
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    That's not out of the question. A hot soak and vapor lock will definitely have the symptoms you are describing if it's a restart situation. I'm sure you have used different grade fuel. The lower octane fuels are considered easier starting.
     
  17. Feb 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM
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    I dunno after reading the first few posts I have to say my 2011 v6 with 7k miles has no troubles starting up. I turn the key and release in a sec or two and the trucks running.

    next time you hop in your truck from school and you think it's going to do it, use your phone and take a video, post to youtube....that's what I would do if I was stumped about something so I could show other people exactly what's going on. GL!
     
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    You just bust the air out of my potato chip bag.
     
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    I have had the stealership check mine out for this once, and of course they couldn't reproduce the problem.

    & it never happens first thing in the morning, only after I leave a store or work or something...
     
  20. Feb 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM
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    5 seconds is a long time, 1-2 is what mine takes...2011 30k miles
     
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