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Engine sometimes hard to start

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bauermike, May 26, 2008.

  1. May 26, 2008 at 2:44 PM
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    bauermike

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    Has anyone ever had problems starting up the motor in the mornings? My truck is brand new, but sometimes starts like there is a heavy load on the engine. I have even tried starting it with the AC, radio, lights and everything else I could find turned off, and it still starts up like it is 30 deg below outside. Keep in mind I live in Arizona.

    I am thinking of taking it to the dealer soon, but if this is normal I wont bother. Any advice would be greatly apreciated!
     
  2. May 26, 2008 at 2:49 PM
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    eordonez

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    That happens to me too.... it just cranks up, then i have to do it again...
     
  3. May 26, 2008 at 3:44 PM
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    That really seems weird especially for a new engine. It started doing that to me at 300 miles. I only have 600 now and it is still doing it. I will take it into the dealer and see what they say, and I will post the results on this thread for future reference.
     
  4. May 26, 2008 at 3:46 PM
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    First impression to me maybe they put a bum battery in there-sounds like a lack of cranking amperage IMO
     
  5. May 26, 2008 at 3:48 PM
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    I thought the same thing as well, plus the weather here is starting to get hot as usual.
     
  6. May 26, 2008 at 3:51 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Its a programing issue. Take it to the dealer and tell them. FWIW, the ECU disengauges the lights, AC, radio, and some other "non esential" electronics untill the engine fires up. Try listening to your radio with the engine off, then start the truck. It will turn off the radio for you then turn it back on when the engine lights. :)
     
  7. May 26, 2008 at 3:57 PM
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    I will take it in tomorrow and post a reply on what they say is the cause. I am sure it is something minor, just dont want to leave it at that and then the starter burn out in the future.:eek:
     
  8. May 26, 2008 at 3:59 PM
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    Before I bought my truck I asked a guy at work with the exact same one how he liked it....He told me he loved it but his only beef was that it sometimes rolled over like it wasn't going to start.Sure enough,I found the exact same thing.That was almost a year ago and I contribute it to just a trait of the truck and it's never been a real problem.
     
  9. May 26, 2008 at 8:12 PM
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    It's NORMAL. Geez, search a little. The ECU computes the next 100 lunar eclipses before it injects any fuel.

    Hopefully you'll get used to it. I'm still periodically amazed how much faster my old Kubota (diesel) tractor starts than my new-fangled truck. ;)
     
  10. May 26, 2008 at 8:19 PM
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    If its happening frequently, its not normal. There have been many reports of this, and the fix is new programing of the ECU.

    LMAO!!! :D
     
  11. May 26, 2008 at 8:24 PM
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    It happens almost everyday. Usually if the truck is parked for a few hours. Which would make one think it is more than a battery that is the issue. I trust your opinion Chris, and hopefully the dealership wont give me crap about it. I was once a mechanic myself.
     
  12. May 26, 2008 at 8:26 PM
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    So I need to look at the horiscopes in the paper before tempting to start my engine? It didnt say that in the owners manual.:)
     
  13. May 27, 2008 at 4:28 AM
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    Mine does it once in a while also. Bumpin the gas just a smidgen seems to help.
     
  14. May 27, 2008 at 4:31 AM
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    No no no, you've got that all wrong.

    He said...the ECU COMPUTES the next 100 lunar eclipses before it injects any fuel.

    Which means - Toyota put 486 computers in our trucks. ;)
     
  15. May 28, 2008 at 12:31 AM
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    So I took the truck in today. They claimed to have fixed the issue. We will see in the morning tomorrow
     
  16. May 28, 2008 at 4:51 AM
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    I recently sold my '93 Isuzu pickup and I just loved the way it started. Just touch the key and it fired right up. My new Taco has to turn over for just a bit before it fires up. Ya reckon the dealer can work on that? Would be nice......:cool:
     
  17. May 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM
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    Cool, keep us posted. :)

    The Toyota ECU lets the engine spin until propper oil psi is reached before it lets the engine have fuel and spark. Its a normal thing with Toyotas. FWIW, my wifes new Honda does the same thing. :)
     
  18. May 28, 2008 at 5:09 PM
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    Yeah the truck did the same thing this morning. I called the dealership again today and told the service manager what was going on, he treated me as if I was stupid and didnt know what I was talking about. I have a feeling they didnt do anything to the truck. After a few choice words I told him that if the truck starts eating through starters, they better eat the bill. I wasnt too worried about the issue, just curious if anyone else has had the same thing happen to them. And didnt want this to lead to a larger problem.
     
  19. May 28, 2008 at 5:42 PM
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    Try a different dealer. :)
     
  20. May 28, 2008 at 5:48 PM
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    Both dealerships here in Tucson are horrible. I am going to PHX tomorrow instead. I have to pick up a war buddy from the airport anyway.:)
     
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