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krkeco
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Jun 10, 2016, 1:31 PM

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1994 Toyota Tercel manual transmission 284k miles


Began having this problem earlier this week and it's steadily disappointed me every day. Initially car would not crank (turn key and nothing happened), so i read online and did the following steps after each of which it did start once or twice no problems before failing on me again!

First I checked the battery and it's at a solid 12.7V and tightened the connectors to the battery.

Checked starter (took out and to o Reilly, they plugged it in and it worked no problem, but they said it had some grease in it so i cleaned it up and the car started no problem, so i thought problem solved)...

Next day it wouldn't start again so I thought it might be a connection issue, i cleaned the positive terminal to the starter, and both positive and negative battery connections and it worked for a day and a half (worked this morning, but then failed this afternoon)... I checked the charge and from the positive terminal to the solenoid is still 12.7V so that's good right? I also got a light with a continuity tester from the solenoid to the engine but not! When i grounded to the frame (which was the opposite of what three website i was reading said would happen)

I'm very new to mechanic work, especially electrical, and don't really know what to do at this point... Any ideas on what I missed or what is going on? Most recently it cranked once but didn't start then refused to click crank or do anything since...

Any ideas?




Turns out it's the clutch switch! Disabled it for the time being until i have time to go get a new one.

Thanks for all the advice and help people!


(This post was edited by krkeco on Jun 10, 2016, 2:31 PM)


Hammer Time
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Jun 10, 2016, 1:51 PM

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Most of those tests were just worthless.

You can't test a battery's health with a voltmeter.
The starter can be intermittent so testing it out of the car doesn't prove anything.

The next time it happens have a helper try to start it while you tap on the starter with a small hammer or long bar and see if anything happens.



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krkeco
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Jun 10, 2016, 1:54 PM

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That's the internet for you, a lot of advice and most of it bad... I'll give it a swing. How can you test a battery quality if not with a volt meter?


kev2
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Jun 10, 2016, 1:54 PM

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here is the diagram. everything you need to check.
might want to look at clutch switch and starter relay....


http://www.revbase.com/.../DownloadPdf?id=2110


Hammer Time
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Jun 10, 2016, 1:56 PM

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They make battery testers and most auto parts stores will test them for free.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 10, 2016, 2:53 PM

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Was just reading this and OP just minutes ago said it's fixed via edit up top.


Quote that was entered in ">>
Turns out it's the clutch switch! Disabled it for the time being until i have time to go get a new one.

Thanks for all the advice and help people! <<"


This can now be locked up as solved but will wait for another to do that. Should have been it's own "solved" post not an edit but so be it,


Tom



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Jun 10, 2016, 3:12 PM

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Thank you for the follow up but in the future could you post your follow up as a new post and not edit the question once we have read it. We will all miss it that way.



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