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Starting Troubles, Help!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by BassMaster06, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Aug 12, 2010 at 3:14 PM
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    BassMaster06

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    Whats up, I currently have a newer '06 tacoma, but I also own a '95 tacoma. The '95 is a regular cab 4x4 2.7 L with~200k miles on it. Recently its been givin me a lot of trouble. Occasionally, for no apparent reason it won't start. I can be driving it all day, starting it up repeatedly, and then out of the blue it won't start up (usually with a clicking noise, then fades to nothing when turning the key). I've managed to get it started by popping the hood and kinda jiggling the wires on the battery, and that usually fixes the issue. But this has been a reoccurring pattern, almost seems to happen when the truck is warm. The battery is good, I just replaced the terminal hook ups for all the wires. I took it to my local mechanic, but he can't figure out what it is, seeing as how anytime i take it somewhere, I can't replicate the problem. Anyone else have this problem? or have suggestions on what to check? Thanks
     
  2. Aug 12, 2010 at 3:19 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Check the ground wire on the battery. Make sure its got a secure mount.
     
  3. Aug 12, 2010 at 3:43 PM
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    lotsoftoys

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    so ur saying it cranks with a clicking noise? or just one click when u turn the key?
     
  4. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:01 PM
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    You've got some bad connections, could be the thick ground cable from batt. to ground connection on frame etc; Or could be loose connection from positive cable to connection points, you need to check & correct all you find loose & look for excessive corrosion around cable connection points..

    & you a bass fisherman ?

    Remember this fish caught in CA. ? (although disqualified)

    WORLD RECORD BASS.jpg
     
  5. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:59 PM
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    When it decides to act up, I go to turn the key, and I'll hear a click or several clicks, withouth the engine cranking. After that I can turn the key all I want with no response at all. No lights, no nothin'. I agree that is a wiring issue, but having trouble locating the problem.
     
  6. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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    BassMaster06

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    yeah that bass was ridiculous....didn't they disqualify because the fella snagged it somehow? dagger
     
  7. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:03 PM
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    its gotta be a bad connection at the battery or ground
     
  8. Aug 12, 2010 at 6:12 PM
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    Yep ripped her right off the nest !!

    (or close by seeing how the males come in & stand guard after the spawn )

    & I know its a pain in the ass tracing down ANY kind of eletrical issue.
    You either find it pretty quick or bring your lunch 'cause its going to take all day ...Good Luck man & if you can't find it ...Fuck it go Fishin' :D:D
     
  9. Aug 12, 2010 at 7:09 PM
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    Either a bad connection or a failing starter motor. I believe the click you hear is the starter solenoid engaging. However, the starter motor then refuses to turn. How many times do you start the engine per day? The starter motor may have simply reached end-of-life.
     
  10. Aug 12, 2010 at 8:52 PM
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    Toyota starters are pretty well known for wearing out the contacts in the solenoid. The rest of the starter is pretty durable. You may be able to pull the starter, check the contacts. If you need contacts, the dealer should be able to sell them to you with the numbers off the starter.
     
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