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won't start when cold or parked 3-4 days

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by monnstar, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. Nov 29, 2010 at 4:13 PM
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    monnstar

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    Quirks of the old...:My 97 (241K mi) w/2.7 L is stubborn to start in cold (sub-30) or after having been parked for a week in any weather. Either won't crank (plenty of juice though--lights strong, etc.), just clicks, or starts hard and idles rough for a couple minutes. Starter new a couple years ago; I also cleaned up the solenoid this year. In starting it may crank a bit, freeze (I once thought there was a cat or rat caught in the belt!), crank some more before finally firing. Once it just clicked, so I rolled it forward and slipped the clutch in 3rd to turn the motor a bit (but not pop start it)--second try it cranked and fired right up. Yeah, check engine light is on (probably needs new catalytic converter). Dealer thinks its fuel (maybe fuel pump going out) but they couldn't recreate. I think it's electrical but what to try? New battery cables?, Replace alternator (it was oiled by a leak a few years ago but hasn't quit yet)? Just start replacing parts until it goes away? Anyone? Thanks!
     
  2. Nov 29, 2010 at 4:18 PM
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    I would clean the battery terminals, check the v at the battery and see if a new bat helped. IF so I would get something with way way more cold cranking amps like a red top. Otherwise start replacing stuff till it is fine again. ITs only cash right? lol
     
  3. Nov 29, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    ^^^^ Check battery cold crank amps, get something with minimum 7-800
     
  4. Nov 29, 2010 at 4:29 PM
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    Rough idle could be a weak fuel pump I suppose, but more likely a dirty fuel system or bad o2 sensor (could also cause CEL), check out the seafoam threads here to smooth idle. As for not cranking, does the starter turn the engine over fine? Sounds like the starter is weak.Did you replace with Toyota oem or el cheapo? with plenty of juice I would rule out the alternator.
     
  5. Nov 29, 2010 at 4:29 PM
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    might be your battery starting to shit the bed. how old is the battery anyway? ya may wanna start plugging your battery into a trickle charger when your away from it for days at a time. thats what i do anyway,just because i know my battery isnt as strong as it used to be(its the stock one,so 8 years old).
     
  6. Nov 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM
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    check spark plugs and wires:eek:
     
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