1990 Toyota Pickup Engine won't turn over

  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • 259,000 MILES
I have been having an issue with my truck not starting when cold for over a month now. After it has been driven and warmed up it doesn't seem to act up as much, but still sometimes it doesn't want to always turn over as soon as I turn the key. After some preliminary fiddling around with cables and connections I found that the cables coming into the battery terminal clamps were a little bit loose, so initially I peeled back insulation to get at the fresh, not so corroded stranded wire and re-clamped them. It seemed to help a little, but did not solve the problem. Next, I replaced both cables entirely. It seemed to help a bit, but did not fix the issue entirely either. I took my battery out and had it tested, which came back as being faulty, so I replaced the battery two weeks ago and everything had been fine until yesterday morning. When I got in to start the truck in the morning there was a delay between when I turned the key to the start position and when the battery actually kicked the starter over. The truck fired up and ran fine. I even stopped on my way to work and turned it off to go in the store, when I came back out it turned over just fine. Eight hours later, after work, it again had the delayed reaction to my attempt to turn it over. This morning, it had an even longer delay before actually turning the starter over. Stopped on my way to work for coffee, when I came out and fired it back up it turned over without issue. After work today, I had to get a jump start. I am no mechanic, but my assumption is that the alternator is going bad and that after the truck idling while warming up, then ten or fifteen minutes of driving is just enough to give it a good enough charge to re-fire once warm. What is throwing me off is why it won't fire back up after work, possibly I am losing energy to ground for some reason? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Friday, December 27th, 2013 AT 8:53 PM

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Do you have a multi meter to do some testing?
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Friday, December 27th, 2013 AT 9:19 PM

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