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New taco trouble starting

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TrevorTaco, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Feb 23, 2011 at 11:10 PM
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    TrevorTaco

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    my 2010 tacoma is 5 months old and its having trouble starting... ive noticed it in the last 2 weeks and i can count 4 occasions when it doesnt start. it seems as if gas isnt getting into the engine. it keeps turning over for 8-14 seconds before i have to give it some gas to get it started. once started it starts at 600rpm and then heads up to the normal 1300-1400 rpm to get warmed up. we had -20 temperatures 3 weeks ago and the truck seemed to start right up... so i know its not the cold. if it would help at all... i dont have an iphone recording of it not starting... but i dont think it would help.

    i gave toyota a call and the first thing the guy said was "what kind of gas are you using".... any ideas what might be to problem?

    another thing... do your tacomas seems to shift or downshift pretty hard when going down a hill? or every once and awhile?....

    i appreciate your help.
     
  2. Feb 24, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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  3. Feb 24, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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    That is just the truck engine braking while going down a grade and it's normal.
    Not sure why your truck isn't starting though?
     
  4. Feb 24, 2011 at 9:51 AM
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    Have you gotten gas at the same place everytime or do you mix it up?
     
  5. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:13 AM
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    Yeah I've had the problem several times now in the past year....everytime it's when I'm leaving work at around 5 pm so whether it has to do with heat. It won't turn over for a good 5 sec and then I'll let it rest and it'll crank the second time. It's actually fairly irritating but the infrequency of it makes it hard to diagnose.
     
  6. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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    i usually get safeway gas... and thats been consistent from day 1... so i dont mix... unless you meen octane... then i use 89.
     
  7. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM
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    I can't see what gas has to do with it if it runs fine after it finally does start. I've never had a problem with my 2010 doing that.
     
  8. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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  9. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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    We just discussed this not too long ago, but I can't remember the thread. Basically, yeah, it's a documented issue. My truck does it too, totally randomly. I've had it do it twice within 3 times starting it, and then had it go 9 or 10 months without doing it. I almost always get gas at the same place, and am religious about maintenance. I'm sure it's related to the computer or keys that have computer chips in them.

    I've switched to my 2nd key to see if that does anything...so far, it hasn't not started. But all it takes is 1 time of not firing for that theory to be shot down.
     
  10. Feb 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    mine used to do that but since I've gotten the new ECU program it hasn't done it.

    It also fixes the harsh transmission shifting.

    Talk to your dealer.
     
  11. Feb 24, 2011 at 3:14 PM
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    Hmm that must not be it...I had my ECU flashed quite a while ago and it did it within the past month. I'm not the most mechanically inclined but it feels like the motor isn't even trying to turn over it just makes that starter noise.
     
  12. Feb 24, 2011 at 9:13 PM
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    what is an ecu?

    i have a feeling the dealer is gonna blame it on the fact that i mix gas... even thought i dont. who knows.

    it just feels like i got a lemon... dont know why a brand new truck would have trouble starting... ive got a 66 chevelle thats never not started... how is that more reliable then a new taco.
     
  13. Feb 24, 2011 at 9:57 PM
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    98Tacoma: Thanks for that link. I thought I'd be screwed since I'm over the warranty period, but that suggests its good for 80K miles. I'm going to have my dealership take a look at this.

    Trevortaco: take a look at that link...sounds like we have similar problems.
     
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