Mechanics

WHAT COULD BE THE CAUSE OF MY TRUCK NOT STARTING EVERYTIME?

1998 Toyota Tacoma • 184,000 miles

Here is some background on the issue. I bought this truck about 2 months ago. After having it for a couple of weeks, it began to NOT turn over every time I turn the key. I have had the battery and alternator checked, and both test good. What could be the reason or reasons this may happen?
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Rh.phillips
June 11, 2012.



So sometimes the starter doesnt turn the engine over to start the engine?If so does the starter click or make any noise?Do you have a multimeter to do some testing?

Saturntech9
Jun 11, 2012.
It does seem like I remember a click. I do not have a multimeter.

Tiny
Rh.phillips
Jun 11, 2012.
Do you have a 2.4 or a 2.7L engine?

Saturntech9
Jun 11, 2012.
2.4L

Tiny
Rh.phillips
Jun 12, 2012.
Have you made sure the battery cables are clean and tight also the positive cable to the starter is tight?Also had the battery and alternator tested?Also when it doesnt start see if the black and white wire to the starter has battery voltage with the key in the start position.

Saturntech9
Jun 12, 2012.
The battery cables are clean and tight, I have not checked the cable to the starter. The battery and alternator have been tested and both are good. I will check the cable to the starter and voltage. Thanks for your suggestions.

Tiny
Rh.phillips
Jun 13, 2012.
Keep me posted.

Saturntech9
Jun 13, 2012.
Thanks for your help. I attempted to take the starter off and replace it myself, but I am not very mechanically inclined when it comes to vehicles. I ended up taking the truck to a local mechanic and he rebuilt the starter. He said that the contacts inside were burnt up.

Thanks again for you help.

Tiny
Rh.phillips
Jun 26, 2012.
Your welcome thats what were here for glad to hear you got it all figured out.

Saturntech9
Jun 26, 2012.