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Taco suddenly struggling to start suddenly?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by x2468, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:04 PM
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    x2468

    x2468 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    One of the things I've always liked about my taco is the fervor with which is usually comes to life. But the other day, I went to start it up and it turned over slowly, with a lazy whine. I looked around, and figured maybe I left a light on in the cab or something. Driving around will recharge the battery. After a few miles, it does it again. Weird..... So i went a quarter mile down the road, and at the light I turned it off to see if it would do it again... this time I it barely started! It gave me the clicking solenoid sound and wouldn't turn over. I had to turn the a/c off, the lights and the radio, wait a couple seconds, and then it barely turned over.

    I've driven it a little bit, and although it hasn't been as bad as that one time at the light, it still is turning over slowly.... It's weird that this developed literally over night.


    Could it just be the battery, or something more? Is there a way for me to test the battery?
     
  2. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    Yes. Use a multimeter and check voltage. Then while a buddy cranks check voltage.
     
  3. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:23 PM
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    Steves104x4

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    It's new battery time.[​IMG]
     
  4. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    how many ohms or whatever should it have?

    I'll be glad if it's the battery and not the starter or the alt.
     
  5. Feb 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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    lonzorizo

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    Ohms is the measure of resistance. You want volts, truck running should be around 14 volts or so.
     
  6. Feb 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM
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    Silver02Taco

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    It suddenly struggled to start, suddenly...

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Feb 18, 2012 at 12:33 AM
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    For battery @ 20 degrees Celsius or 68 degrees Fahrenheit and 20 minutes after key removed with lights off.

    12.6-12.8 V - Fully Charged
    12.2-12.4 V - Half Charged
    11.8-12.0 V - Discharged
     
  8. Feb 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM
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    Thank you man.

    Anyone have any idea how many miles in normally takes the charging system to fully charge a discharged battery?
     
  9. Feb 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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    cvillechopper

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    It's not how many miles but how long. It depends on the battery and your alt output but you need to drive for at least 20 min to give most batteries a reasonable charge depending on the type of driving and number of accessories running at the time.
     
  10. Feb 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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  11. Feb 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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    sounds like your engine is done, son!!! :popcorn:
     
  12. Feb 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM
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    View the build. Too much to list.
    Autozone can test yo battery for free yo.
     
  13. Feb 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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    Clean the conections on your starter. My '95 PreTaco does this from time to time.
    Yank the big wire clean the conections slap it back on and you're good to go.
     
  14. Feb 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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    Classic battery sympton. Needs a battery for sure.
     
  15. Feb 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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  16. Feb 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM
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    Try and find a date sticker on your battery, usually they're 00-00 (month-year) If it's 4+ years old, safe to assume you need a new battery.
     
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