1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Bad Alt? Bad Battery? HELP!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by 96greengoblin, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Jun 17, 2011 at 6:53 PM
    #1
    96greengoblin

    96greengoblin [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Member:
    #50804
    Messages:
    30
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Hayden
    Michigan
    Vehicle:
    96 Extended Cab 4x4
    Billy's on all 4 corners!
    Alright, so, I bought my truck last February and it had a brand new Interstate battery in it with a 2 year warranty. Basically, my truck starts fine after sitting for over an hour or so and when its cold. However, if I drive 10 minutes, stop, and hop in again it struggles to get going. It seems to occur more frequently when its hot out. It eventually starts but it can't be good for the starter to go through this too much longer. I've got a multimeter, tell me where to test. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jun 17, 2011 at 7:02 PM
    #2
    DonnoD

    DonnoD Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Member:
    #38459
    Messages:
    962
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    don
    las vegas
    Vehicle:
    07 dc 4x4 v6
    does it crank when it doesnt want to start or does it just click
     
  3. Jun 17, 2011 at 7:05 PM
    #3
    isu2014

    isu2014 RAT Products

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2010
    Member:
    #35140
    Messages:
    12,419
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Farmington, MN
    Vehicle:
    01 SUPERCHARGED TRD OR MANUAL 4x4 V6
    View the build. Too much to list.
    Nothing to do with the electrical system from my experience with my old 96. The gas gets "vapor locked" in the intake and it takes a few seconds to get enough good gas into the cylinder to get it going. As long as you don't constantly crank it for like 15 seconds straight your starter will be fine.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2011 at 7:52 PM
    #4
    Digiratus

    Digiratus Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    Member:
    #34006
    Messages:
    10,669
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    the Pacific Northwest, Exploring
    Vehicle:
    The RedHead
    King ET Coilovers Camburg Uniball UCAs Alcan 8-Leaf Rear Spring Packs Fox 2.0 Resi Rear Shocks FrankenFab Rear Shock Relocate Trail Gear U-bolt Flip Toytec 1" Extended Shackle 4.88 Nitro Gears ARB Front Locker OBA ARB Twin Comp 15x8 D Window Steelies 33" BFG KM2s Limited Edition Elite Front Bumper Smittybilt X2O 10K Winch PIAA 510 SMR Fog Lights Lightforce 170s Badland Sliders FrankenFab Tire Carrier Swingout bumper w/kitchen BudBuilt Front & Bellypan Skids BAMF Rear Diff Skid Whynter 65 qt. Fridge/Freezer CVT Mt Bachelor RTT Badland Custom Bed Rack GM 140 amp alternator Optima Yellow Top battery Magnaflow 18" Muffler Braided Steel Brake Lines K&N Drop-in air filter ScanGauge II OBDII Scanner Uniden 520xl CB radio 3’ Firestik Adjustable tip antenna Pioneer DEH-P9400BH HU Alpine Amps & Type R components (F) and coaxials (R) Wet Okole Seat Covers Weathertech Digital Liners Deck Plate Mod 1” Diff Drop Carrier Bearing Drop
    Doesn't sound like either one to me. Sounds more like tune up. Pull some plugs to see if they need changing. Maybe plug wires or coil packs. Could also be fuel delivery related. Throttle body need cleaning?
     
  5. Jun 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM
    #5
    SCSPerformance

    SCSPerformance Stealth Custom Series™

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Member:
    #57195
    Messages:
    3,189
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Vin
    Bay Area, CA
    Vehicle:
    2005 Tacoma
    Camburg LT kit DMZ SUA kit SCS wheels Matte Black custom paint
    take your multimeter and see how many volts the battery is putting out when the car is running. it should be close to 14V. if it's somewhere around 11V then your alt. isn't charging up the battery. with the truck off, the batter should read 12V. if it reads ~10V then your battery isn't holding a charge.
     
  6. Jun 17, 2011 at 8:21 PM
    #6
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    103,804
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    First, check to make sure the battery cables are tight to the terminals.
     
  7. Jun 17, 2011 at 8:41 PM
    #7
    SCSPerformance

    SCSPerformance Stealth Custom Series™

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Member:
    #57195
    Messages:
    3,189
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Vin
    Bay Area, CA
    Vehicle:
    2005 Tacoma
    Camburg LT kit DMZ SUA kit SCS wheels Matte Black custom paint
    +1 and make sure it's not all corroded.
     
  8. Jun 17, 2011 at 8:56 PM
    #8
    Blackened Taco

    Blackened Taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Member:
    #10771
    Messages:
    594
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tony
    Virginia
    Vehicle:
    2005 AC 4WD TRD Sport Tacoma Speedway Blue
    3 inch suspension lift, 16 inch TRD FJ Cruiser black alloys, 33 X 12.5/16 Swamper Trxus M/T, Line-Xed Toyota skid plate, TRD exhaust, TRD cold air intake, Full tint to match factory tint, In channel wind deflectors, Custom wired hidden XM, Black shorty antenna, Black background headlights, Sockmonkey TRD decals, Kenwood 5120 HU with navigation, Boston Acoustic SL60 front compnonent speakers, SL65 rear speakers, Grillcraft lower mesh grille, Black badging, AromorTech Offroad rear bumper and rear shackle flip kit Access tonnosprt cover, 12 volt power adapter wired in under the dash for standard plug in items. Recently added Devil Horn Toyota Logo, Thanks Andres.
    When you go to start your vehicle does it hesitate to crank, or it cranks fine and just won't fire? IF it cranks fine, put the gas to the floor at the same time. IF it starts then, you need an new IAC (idle air crontrol motor) Classic sympton is, doesn't want to start right away after quick stops but fires right up when cold. IAC acts like a choke on the carberator and when they get worn or gunked up they stay open.
     
  9. Jun 19, 2011 at 7:59 AM
    #9
    96greengoblin

    96greengoblin [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Member:
    #50804
    Messages:
    30
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Hayden
    Michigan
    Vehicle:
    96 Extended Cab 4x4
    Billy's on all 4 corners!
    i did plugs and wires when i bought it, but its possible theyre not gapped correctly. im fairly mechanical minded and not afraid to jump into something but without much experience its possible i messed them up. it cranks fine and i dont think holding the pedal down helps at all. once it finally starts it struggles and then works its way into a smooth start/idle. i do have some jank battery terminals and when i bought it the ground wasnt even connected. how do i go about replacing the terminals as they are connected into the rest of the harness? yesterday i hauled a big trailer helping a friend move and had my "ect power" on and i feel like that compounds the problem when i go to start again 30 minutes after unloading the trailer.
    thanks for the replies
     
To Top