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Won't start even with a jump?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by RacerP, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Dec 18, 2010 at 8:10 AM
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    RacerP

    RacerP [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Alright, so last week I had the starter out of the truck, replaced the contacts, put a charger on my battery and away I went for a full week without any problems...even down to starting with it being 2 degrees out one morning.

    Now I leave the truck without driving it for a day and it won't start. Last nite, disconnected the terminals put a charge on the battery again and after an hour of charging get a "full" read on the charger it started right away.

    This morning, same thing, no start, multiple clicking...even after try charging it and jumping it??

    Is it possible that with a bad battery it won't jump start?? I checked all my connections and NONE of them are corroded. Cranked the terminal posts nice and tight, now it seems they may need replacing, hard to keep them tight any more.

    Where to next? Going to take the battery over to Sears and have it load tested and see what they say.

    Peter
     
  2. Dec 18, 2010 at 8:11 AM
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    alternator ?
     
  3. Dec 18, 2010 at 8:12 AM
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    NelsonTacoma

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    Yes, sometimes a battery can be so dead that it won't even jumpstart. I would definetly start with a new battery. If you have to charge it after a 1 day of sitting and based on the rest of your story I would say your battery finally died.
     
  4. Dec 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM
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    clarkie152

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    the alternator charges the battery. i would check that after you get your battery checked. it is either not holding a charge or not getting a charge.
     
  5. Dec 18, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    jtav2002

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    Definitely check the alternator.
     
  6. Dec 18, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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    jjew18

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    If it is dead after sitting, it is probably your battery. If your alternator were out it more than likely would have died on you while driving.
    Your battery is being sucked up while the car is on, with the engine running, your alternator keeps rejuicing the battery, if the alternator quits, your battery will drain pretty quickly and kill the truck when its gone (I've had this happen before, not fun). There is the off chance that it was draining on you because the alternator died and you just happened to stop before the battery died and then when you went to start it, it didn't have enough to keep you going.
     
  7. Dec 18, 2010 at 12:42 PM
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    i would deff check the alternater before i got too worried bout anything
     
  8. Dec 18, 2010 at 1:02 PM
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    Well, took the battery to Sears and they replaced it for free and restarted my 4yr warranty!!! The battery was bad, obviously.

    Now I go out for a ride and the truck ran well for a little while then started dying on me at stop signs and stop lights, started back up again right away.

    Thing is, I don't have the battery light coming on????

    Could still still be my alternator??? Perhaps I had my alternator working to hard to recharge a crappy battery and killed the alternator??

    What do you think?
     
  9. Dec 18, 2010 at 1:09 PM
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    I think you're on the right track. Get the alternator tested at sears or an auto parts store. They should be able to tell you if it's charging with the alternator still in the truck.
     
  10. Dec 18, 2010 at 2:17 PM
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    Haven't tested the alternator yet, just made sure all made connections are snug enough and tightened the alternator belt just a bit, BUT, with the truck parked up against the garage door, have noticed the headlights dim after revving the motor??

    Same with the blower motor on the heater?

    Would this implicate the alternator or perhaps just the voltage regulator?
     
  11. Dec 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM
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    Not trying to insult your intelligence, but are all your wires making contact when crimped to any electrical connectors. I rewired my ground last week, and when I crimped the wires to the circle connectors (not sure the name, sorry) to place on batter terminal, I didn't crimp it tight enough. Next day I went through some washed out, bumpy roads and the wire wiggled its way out of the connector a good bit. So sometimes it would die and sometimes it would run fine. Just a suggestion.

    Check your alternator anyway.
     
  12. Dec 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM
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    Sounds like the alternator still.
    Also go ahead and replace those terminals that hook up to the battary if they feel like they won't tighten any more. I had that happen and I was getting really bad corrosion on that terminal due to it being slightly loose. I replaced it about 3 months ago and there isn't a spec of corrosion on it.
     
  13. Dec 19, 2010 at 11:32 AM
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    I don't think it is your alternator. If the alternator were dying you would have some freaky things happening in your dash as it goes out, and once it dies, you are not restarting. There must be a loose connection somewhere.
     
  14. Dec 19, 2010 at 1:17 PM
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    Have the alternator checked.
    Especially the 'brushes' within it. If the brushes are bad, it can't charge the battery.
     
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