Electrical fault

Tiny
MELISSA SHAW
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  • 1996 TOYOTA 4RUNNER
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
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  • 287,654 MILES
My 1996 hilux 2.8d will not start in the morning or if left for 10 hours or more, once up to temp, it starts fine and cranks easily, confused.
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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 AT 6:11 AM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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When you mentioned not starting, do you mean it is cranking and not firing up or no crank at all?
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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 AT 12:30 PM
Tiny
MELISSA SHAW
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Normal cranking requires only 2 winds it has good starter motor, in the morning, [ it has been down to 10deg celsius here ] it winds once then then dies very quickly so i've been jump or push starting it
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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 AT 10:49 PM
Tiny
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Have the battery tested. Seems it is not maintaining charge for extended periods.
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Sunday, July 17th, 2011 AT 2:14 AM
Tiny
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I ran the multi meter over the alternater, its producing 13.8v and checked the battery in the morning, [ for leakage ] it had 14v. The cells have water, it is afairly new, good quality battery. Through further research of this site, i'm thinking maybe it could be the glow plugs?
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Sunday, July 17th, 2011 AT 6:35 AM
Tiny
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Faulty glow plug can cause difficult starting but it would not prevent the battery from cranking the starter.

The charging system seems good but it is weird that the battery is maintaining 14 vin the morning.
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Sunday, July 17th, 2011 AT 6:51 AM
Tiny
MELISSA SHAW
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Yes I agree its weird, have to take it to mechanics now I have a better idea on problem. Thank you very much for your time KHLow2008, your input was greatly appreciated
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Monday, July 18th, 2011 AT 1:33 AM
Tiny
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You're welcome.

By the way what is the battery size? I have seen many 70 AH batteries that don't seem sufficient for the engine especially in the morning, even with our tropical climate here.
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Monday, July 18th, 2011 AT 1:06 PM

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