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Electrical System Dead? Won't start.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by zx5rider, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Nov 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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    zx5rider

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    I have a '96 2.4L. For the last week the battery light has been coming on at higher RPMs so I decided to investigate.

    While the truck was running I unplugged the battery and it stayed running. So then I brought the rpms up until the battery light would come on and at the same time both head lights blew out and just about every fuse blew. I replaced all that a saw under the hood and under the dash but it just cranks and cranks. Also the check engine light doesn't show up at all and I don't here the fuel pump.:confused:
     
  2. Nov 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM
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    koco

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    It's bad news to disconnect the battery while it's running. It is a different story on old, non-computerized vehicles.

    It was probably just a slipping alternator belt that caused the batt. light to come on at high rpm.

    It's hard to say why it won't start now, but check for fuel and spark.


     
  3. Nov 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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    I was thinking maybe the voltage regulator was having issues with high voltages by higher rpms and thus throwed a battery light. Not a 100% though.
     
  4. Nov 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM
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    That's what I assumed but what do I do now?
     
  5. Nov 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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    the voltage regulator is built into the alternator. still doesnt solve your no start problem
     
  6. Nov 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM
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    1st-KEEP IT SIMPLE-check both battery connections-Clean BOTH posts and cable connections.
    Next suspect is belt or alt.
    Any squeal at the high RPMS?
    Check fuses with a METER--sometimes they appear good.
    Keep us posted!
     
  7. Nov 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM
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    ADDED note--Negative battery connection is my guess as the FIRST suspect. check it to engine as well as to the battery.
     
  8. Nov 28, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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    Ok so it kept blowing the 10 amp fuse in the under the dash that said IGN so i said ill put in a 30 and hope for the best. Well it worked. I went back down to 10 and is still works i dont have a 7.5.
     
  9. Dec 1, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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    Did that also fix the alt light problem?
     
  10. Dec 1, 2012 at 8:40 AM
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    It sounds like it's time for a new alternator. At higher rpms the internal regulator is probably operating out of range which would trigger the light in the gauge cluster.
     
  11. Dec 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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    A "battery" light is an indication of a major difference between the battery voltage and the alternator voltage. A battery, aside from providing power to start the engine and power when the electrical load exceeds the charging system output, acts as a electrolytic capacitor to stabilize or filter to the pulsating DC voltage produced by the alternator. Disconnecting a battery while the engine is running could destroy the sensitive electronic components connected to the electrical system such as the emission computer, radio, audio system, cell phone, alarm system, etc., or the charging system because the peak voltage can rise to 40 volts or more. Prior to 1980, removing a battery terminal was an accepted practice to test charging systems of that era. That is not the case today.
     
  12. Dec 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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    Good info!
     
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