Mechanics

ENGINER NOT STARTED

2001 Toyota Highlander

I have toyota highlander 2001, 4 by 2, the very basic model.

I had intermittently engine start problem. Sometime I cann't start it.

Details as following: first I turned the key, all checking lights on, but no engine clicking sound; and after I hit the gas padel couple times, then turn the key, it can start again.

Please let know the cause. Thanks a lot.
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Junmin
October 29, 2007.




But no engine clicking sound; and after I hit the gas padel couple times, then turn the key, it can start again.

Do you mean when you turn key to start-Nothing happens or it cranks over and don't want to start?

Test the battery and make sure its connections are tight and clean then comeback and we'll get into the starting circuit-from the key all the way to the starter.

Tiny
Rasmataz
Oct 30, 2007.
Rasmataz: thanks for quick reply!

" Do you mean when you turn key to start-Nothing happens or it cranks over and don't want to start? &Quot; Yes. Only I hit the gas padel couple times, then it starts ok.

Ok, I will check battery and come back. Thx!

Tiny
Junmin
Oct 30, 2007.
Ok, I checked the battery, it is pretty clean, all connected well. There is a note on it saying " don't need maintenance". And on left side, there is a " indicator", don't know what is about.

Tiny
Junmin
Oct 30, 2007.
Do you have access to a voltmeter. Maybe that indicator is the electric eyeball that has a green color in it-is it? And what's the color? Telling you the condition of the battery, but I don't trust that eyeball. I trust my DVOM.
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Tiny
Rasmataz
Oct 30, 2007.
Hi, the color of battery indicator is very blue, I doubt there is something wrong with battery. I can let pepboy or autozone to take a measure though if you insist

Tiny
Junmin
Nov 1, 2007.
Please do that. Have them do a battery capacity test-not just sticking the voltmeter and checking the available voltage. Get them to load test it.

Tiny
Rasmataz
Nov 1, 2007.
Rasmataz: my car was towed during this weekend, I have to pay almost $200 to get my car back this morning, so I still didn't get battery checked yet will do it tomorrow.

Ok, one more thing I think I didn't describe the probelm correctly.

Actually when I turned the key, the engine cranks over, then all of the engine/battery checking lights on, then the engine stops, and then all checking lights stay on.

Tiny
Junmin
Nov 5, 2007.
Ok, now the engine checking light is on!

Tiny
Junmin
Nov 6, 2007.
I had toyota dealer check the battery and the checking engine light.

They could find any problem with the battery, and the checking engine light on is due to the fact that the hose to air filter was loose, then blah blah.

Now the checking the engine light is off.

But today at one time, I still could not start the engine, and dealer had no idea about this since we could not reproduce the problem at the dealership.

Tiny
Junmin
Nov 7, 2007.
I am having the same problem with my Highlander, periodically the engine won't start. The dealership can't replicate the problem. Battery brand new, starter and alternator checked out ok. When I put my foot on the pedal and give it gas, while turning the key after a couple of seconds it starts but with some hesitation and I usually have to do this a couple of times for the engine to catch. Any more thoughts as to what's going on?

Tiny
Acapo25
Mar 9, 2008.

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