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Starting Issue (alternator?)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 1998tacoma4x4, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:51 PM
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    1998tacoma4x4

    1998tacoma4x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So i drove my truck home from the store without any problems, went inside and unloaded the groceries, grabbed a jacket and headed back out. When i went to restart my truck it clicked loudly once and then nothing. The battery is newer, about 2 years old. What could cause it to be running perfect one second and then die completely?? The battery terminals are clean and connected too.
     
  2. Feb 24, 2011 at 11:41 PM
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    2010Tacoma4x4

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    Solenoid going bad is the most likely culprit. It will start having problems when hot. Sometimes you can tap on the starter with a hammer to get the solenoid to engage.

    You may get lucky and have a loose wire at the starter....so check all starter related wiring for good connection. If all connections are good then it's prolly the solenoid.

    In that case you just would replace the starter & solenoid together since it is attached.
     
  3. Feb 24, 2011 at 11:52 PM
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    2010Tacoma4x4

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    I may have misread what your asking....are you saying everything is dead as in no power at all or just the starter??
     
  4. Feb 25, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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    1998tacoma4x4

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    I'm gonna look like a huge idiot but it was the positive battery terminal. it was dark when i was looking under the hood last night but when the sun came out this morning i looked again and the terminal was really loose for some reason. I tried tightening it down but it just bent it out of shape so im getting a new one from autozone. Thanks for the help though!!
     
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