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Old January 1st, 2009, 05:09 PM   #1
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i have a 1989 Toyota truck and i have had no problems with the starting until now. when i t got really cold it started making a clicking noise when i hold the button and turn the key. i know your not supposed to hold the button but that's the only i could get it to start. after some driving i stalled it and haven't been able to get it started. i suspect a solenoid or starter problem but i cant find the starter in the dark and i don't see any pictures in the haynes manual.

any ideas why it wont start?
where is the starter located?

i think its on the front of the bell housing buried between the front suspension and the engine, but i shouldn't tell for certain with the fading light. i have never had a problem finding a starter before.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 06:46 PM   #2
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Try charging the battery first, might need a new one.

Otherwise try banging on the starter with a hammer, not too hard.

I had that problem once when I went to start my Toyota after crossing over to Harsens Island and needed to drive off the ferry. Just needed to smack the starter with a hammer a few times and it never did it again.

If you cant find the starter than you are screwed.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 06:54 PM   #3
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toyota starters are known for the contacts going bad and yes they can be replaced. I keep them in stock in the shop. It is about a $25 fix. other than that they will go forever.

But befor that CHECK your battery first. Like stated above.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 09:09 PM   #4
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sounds like your alternator probly got some crud in it and the cold wheather
froze it .
Remove the alternator and take it apart and clean it out.
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muffler bearings are shot summit sells them toyota are a lot of money i think around 100 dollars a set ill check and c
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muffler bearings are shot summit sells them toyota are a lot of money i think around 100 dollars a set ill check and c
how long did you scratch your head when your's went out ?
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A long time i couldnt find them it sucks
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Try charging the battery first, might need a new one.
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Put it on a charger and if it will start, the battery might be going bad, or your alternator isnt charging it enough. Check both.

Mines doing the same thing right now, my battery isnt taking a charge. I just rebuilt my alternator, so I know that isnt the problem.
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it was sitting in the middle of the back yard when i shut it off. I let it sit there over night. i went out about an hour ago and it kicked right over. it was a little warmer out than when i parked it. i turned it off in the yard because it was over heating, i think the clutch on the fan is all messed up, would over heating cause it to not start properly? i don't think it has anything to do with cranking amps, i just put a new to me battery in that's about 6 months old, that was purchased for an '01 ford super duty Diesel, i put it on the charger over night so i dont hink the battery is the issue

if it matters it already has over 280,000 miles on it.
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ill keep my eye out for a set of those bearings on sale.
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