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Tacoma won't start

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by BlueGrouse, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. Mar 6, 2016 at 6:33 AM
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    BlueGrouse

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    Went to start my truck yesterday and couldn't.

    I'm pretty sure the battery is good. Lights come on, get a 12.6 voltage reading on it.

    However the radio doesn't come on and the clutch start cancel button (which I've had to use for a few years) won't engage. Turn the key and nothing happens.

    Any suggestions? Thanks
     
  2. Mar 6, 2016 at 6:35 AM
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    is it cold where you are> 12.6 isnt all that great of a reading. starter relay gone bad?
     
  3. Mar 6, 2016 at 6:45 AM
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    - Will your winshield wipers turn on?
    - Honk your horn and hold it down for a bit. Does the sound start to get quieter?

    If your answer is Yes to both of those then I'd say it's the battery. Especially since the radio won't even turn on.

    You can also check all the sides of the battery. If any of them are not flat and are slightly bulging out then you have a blown cell in your battery.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2016 at 6:52 AM
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    How did you get the 12.6 reading? You need to take a reading with a load on the battery. Turn on the lights then check you multi meter reading. I bet its a lot less than 12.6v.
     
  5. Mar 6, 2016 at 7:04 AM
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    Thanks checking all that now
     
  6. Mar 6, 2016 at 7:09 AM
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    robssol If it ain't broke, leave it the eff alone!

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    My guess...

    Bad battery:annoyed:


    I could be wrong. It's happened a couple times:rolleyes:
     
  7. Mar 6, 2016 at 7:14 AM
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    Whoa dang, voltage goes down to 11.9 with lights on. It's a nice interstate battery that's supposed to last 6 years and it's only three years old. I'll go get a new battery.

    Is it wierd it just up and quit?
     
  8. Mar 6, 2016 at 7:18 AM
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    No, a 6 year battery sometimes lasts 3 years. Where do you live? If it's the hot desert 3 years is pretty decent.
     
  9. Mar 6, 2016 at 7:22 AM
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    They do that nowadays, no warning!
    Might have something to do with all the electronics in cars now. Power vampires and microdraws when the car is shut down.
     
  10. Mar 6, 2016 at 7:33 AM
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    I'm in gunnison Colorado. So, generally real cold, unseasonably warm now but still cold compared to most places. Probably 30 f now. Which is warm. So does interstate have a 6 year warranty usually or should I just go get a oreilly battery as oreilly is the only place open on Sunday's or try and warratee the interstate tomorrow?
     
  11. Mar 6, 2016 at 7:35 AM
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    I'd get interstate to warranty the battery.

    What's voltage when you try cranking?
     
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    Tough call. I'm a fan of Interstate as well. The lack of dealers open on a Sunday makes it less attractive. I like the Walmart batteries for just this reason. Open all the time and they are very good about warren tee on the batteries. The batteries are pretty good too.
     
  13. Mar 6, 2016 at 7:42 AM
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    Definitely sounds like the battery. :( Unfortunately, you can't trust what they say about battery life any more- gone are the days where a battery might last you eight to ten years.
    If you can wait, and don't have a pressing need to get the truck back on the road today, I would definitely try to check into that warranty on the interstate battery when your local supplier is open.
     
  14. Mar 6, 2016 at 7:48 AM
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    Did you try pushing in the clutch and starting, Maybe the cancel switch took crap
     
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    Put the battery from the wife's tundra in and nothing. That battery read 11.5 on the voltage when in the Tacoma. If it's not the battery what could it be?
     
  16. Mar 6, 2016 at 8:03 AM
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    Check all your fuses, I have automatic but theres got to be one for starting
     
  17. Mar 6, 2016 at 8:10 AM
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    Now the tundra battery is reading low and the tundra which was running great starts and died. Oh no...
     
  18. Mar 6, 2016 at 8:13 AM
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    A battery for a vehicle should read anywhere between 13.7 and 14.2
     
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    Starts and then dies with a different battery? Something electrical is what it sounds like now... Maybe the alternator...
     
  20. Mar 6, 2016 at 8:19 AM
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    That sounds like the alternator, then... Both batteries may very well be okay- you'll want to hook them to a charger, of course, and hopefully they will be fine.
     
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