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Please Help; 02 Tacoma lost acceleration and power steering.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jlar05, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. Jan 15, 2011 at 10:02 AM
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    jlar05

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    Hello and thank for any help in advance! We greatly appreciate it.
    I was driving a 02 Tacoma 3.4 last night when I lost acceleration and power steering. The headlights were still on. I got it shut of asap. When I go to start it; it is like the truck is trying but does not have the power. The lights were really dim.
    We thought it was the alternator but it is charging 14.75 so they said it was not that.
    The battery is a good and is new.
    Anyone have any idea what might be the problem?
     
  2. Jan 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM
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    Well, we took the alternator to advance and they showed it was dead. Orielly's said that it was charging at 14.75
    so we will see if it is the alternator once we get the new one put on.
     
  3. Jan 15, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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    dang sorry to hear man. i have no clue what it would be but free bump for maybe someone that does know to chime it.
    hope that works out for you
     
  4. Jan 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM
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    Hmmm ~ maybe try writing your problem and asking your questions again...

    All I got is:

    1. Engine shut off ~ so I turned the key off.

    2. When I go to start it the lights are dim
    ~ I'm still not sure if the engine actually runs or not>>>

    3. Alternator is charging / Battery is new

    4. What is my problem


    Shake the magic 8 ball and the diagnosis will apear....

    http://www.forddoctorsdts.com/psd-8-ball/

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Jan 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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    Bobbed Left front ~ Ok not really but I bought it crashed from the kids dad 4-CHEAP. Frame Swap and 04 Clip + 6" lift ~ Woo Hoo!!!
    Not trying to be a butt head sorry ~

    If you think it is low voltage related and the alternator does not provide the cure then next verify the battery state of charge / condition then check the cable connections.

    Using a volt ohm meter, probe the battery terminal and the connecting lug on the truck (Engine block for ground or starter lug for hot). Each should be around 5 ohms resistance or less. If more then 5 ohms resistance then you have a battery cable problem.

    A poor connection will have a high amp draw and will create heat like a kitchen cooking element. A Hot terminal is a bad terminal...
     
  6. Jan 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM
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    Well, it was the alternator. We changed it and the truck started right up and ran great.
    Come to find out they used it to jump a 1 ton ford (took like 5 tries) and one of the battery connections was also loose so I am sure that was part of the problem.

    Thanks so much to everyone for the feedback!! I greatly appreciate it, Jen
     
  7. Jan 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM
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    Congrats on the quick fix... Glad you got it running.

    My jump pack is a life saver. Modern day alternators don't like the amp draw of jump starting vehicles. I'll charge one buy running jumper cables from my running vehicle then I'll turn mine off before I let them start it, thus saving the high amp draw across the alternator.
     
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