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Did not want to start

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Karl64, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Karl64

    Karl64 [OP] New Member

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    This morning my 98 2.4l tacoma did not want to start. It cranked a few time making the normal going to start sounds, then like it shifted into a faster speed, almost like it had lost compression. It did this one other time (a couple years ago) and I let it sit for a few days and it started and has run/started fine until this morning.

    So I kept trying the starter on and off, until it started. then the engine made a real high pitched squeal for about 30 seconds. After that it is sounding and running fine.... Any suggestions? I wondered if I had a sensor go bad. The truck has 178K miles, but does not use oil and I get ~21 mpg
     
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    newertoy Well-Known Member

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    Squeal-sounds like a belt loose or going bad. does it have an idler pulley--sometimes they freeze and make belt squeal . Smell anything? Burning rubber?
    Check belt tension and idler pulley first. Then water pump,alternator, ect.-thats next!
     
  3. Karl64

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    my AC belt is a little loose, but you may be right about the tensioner. I will look at it this weekend, but that does not answer why the truck would nto start or even sound like it wanted to start....
     
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    MacGyvR Well-Known Member

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    Was it making a ticking noise at all, or was it just chugging for too long at start up? I'd try cleaning the MAF.
     
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    What did you find?-
    Few possibilities about not wanting to start-lets see what you find!
    i.e. idler pulley frozen-friction-hard to turn over,
    alt belt-no charging--or not enough.
    Keep us posted.
     
  6. Karl64

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    For the time being the truck is starting fine, only the one time.

    Okay, I have tightened all of my belts, so no more squealing.

    I did clean my MAF sensor as I do have a cloth air filter that can cause oil deposits on the MAF sensor.

    No ticking, just the engine whirling over like there was no compression, but it sounded like it would try to start when you let off the key.
     
  7. Karl64

    Karl64 [OP] New Member

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    Three months later and the truck is starting fine, no issues.
     
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