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Truck won't start! Help please

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by awebber3, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Feb 4, 2016 at 4:56 PM
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    awebber3

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    My truck is an 07 DC prerunner, just hit 100k miles. I went to work this morning and truck ran and started just fine. When I went to go leave work today the truck wouldn't start. All I got was one single "click". Me and my buddy went and picked up a new starter and after replacing it the truck still won't start. Still get the one single click. The battery is good, all lights and accessories work fine. The alternator was replaced less than 20k miles ago. I checked all the battery wires and they are solid and not corroded.


    Does anyone know what it could be? The only thing I can think of is maybe the starter relay. And insight on the issue would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Feb 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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    cheech1

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    How do you know that the battery is good? Did you have it tested? Just because a battery is showing 12 volts and all lights & accessories work doesn't mean it can turn the starter.
     
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    Starter relay is cheep and real easy. Sounds like a good place to check.
     
  4. Feb 4, 2016 at 5:25 PM
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    check all the fuses.
     
  5. Feb 4, 2016 at 5:37 PM
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    awebber3

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    Fuses are all good, and I had someone try to jump me and nothing happened so I'm positive it's not the battery. I guess I'm going to get the starter relay and go from there. Or get it towed and let the stealership go at it.
     
  6. Feb 4, 2016 at 5:43 PM
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    You're an 2007 with the OEM battery? OEM batteries are lucky to make it 4 years. Even aftermarket batteries don't last like they used to. I generally expect batteries to last between 4-6 years, and the first sign of trouble, replace the battery. Don't keep insisting the battery is fine unless you load lest it, not just take a multimeter to it, have a legitimate battery test on it.

    First thing you should have done is replace the battery.
     
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  7. Feb 4, 2016 at 5:45 PM
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    If your battery is far enough gone, trying to jump it alot of times isn't enough to get it fired up.
     
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  8. Feb 4, 2016 at 6:08 PM
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    This. Even if you test it at somewhere like Autozone, if they don't load test it, they could tell you that it's fine. I wouldn't replace the battery without properly testing it.
     
  9. Feb 4, 2016 at 7:46 PM
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    Hopefully you didn't trade in your OEM Denso on a POS from one of the mass marketers.
     
  10. Feb 4, 2016 at 7:54 PM
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    Contacts good, connections tight...... only if you disconnect, clean and reconnect. Too many times I have grabbed the cable contacts on the batteries and felt they were tight and good. Doesn't mean shit.
     
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  11. Feb 4, 2016 at 7:57 PM
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    It's gonna be either battery, relay, or starter that's the only places that relate to your problem.
     
  12. Feb 4, 2016 at 7:57 PM
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    Also I would've kept the oem starter, they generally last a lot longer then 100k
     
  13. Feb 4, 2016 at 7:58 PM
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    From your description, I'd take your truck to any dealer near you (doesn't have to be a Toyota) and ask for a free battery test. The tester we use here is an interstate ED18 tester.
     
  14. Feb 4, 2016 at 8:02 PM
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    If you hear a click when you turn the key, Hint: That is the starter relay which should energize the starter solenoid which turns the starter motor. If you have already replaced the starter ( which includes the solenoid ) and the start relay is clicking the only thing left is a crappy connection or the battery isn't strong enough to turn the starter.

    Sometimes you need to connect the jumper battery and allow it to charge up the dead battery for a bit before it will start.
     
  15. Feb 4, 2016 at 8:04 PM
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    Battery.Probably cant handle the load.
     
  16. Feb 4, 2016 at 8:05 PM
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    Try this too, reach down and smack the starter with a big bolt or something a couple times the try it lol
     
  17. Feb 4, 2016 at 8:07 PM
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    What starter did you replace it with? Some aftermarket starters aren't exactly rebuilt as they state.... Click, means relay works. I'd test starter, and use another battery
     
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    Autozone's usually have a good load tester...only other reason a starter would only click is if the engine locked up...if everything else checks good, but in your case highly unlikely...


    also if you just had your alternator changed it typically burns up your battery...it maybe only one cell thats bad and when you put a heavy load like engine starter it doesnt have enough juice to crank but its enough for headlight, radio etc.....
     
  19. Feb 4, 2016 at 8:10 PM
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    For real tho, since it started fine that morning and is just clicking now something must have just gone bad. Definitely check battery, then starter relay, then 4wd swap... Wait I'm getting off track
     
  20. Feb 4, 2016 at 8:19 PM
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    My Nissan Titan started ok the morning my battery went dead...it did have a few weird fluctuating lights/guages when I shut it off prior to going dead. I took it to Autozone and they load tested it and it died right there...just a click or two nothing else..
     

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