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98 tacoma hits small bump and wont start :(


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darthlen
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Nov 2, 2012, 4:46 PM

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Went over a small curb (2-3 inches) and after the front tires dropped, the curb hit something underneath, causing the engine to immediately stall and now will not restart.

'98 Toyota Tacoma XtraCab; 2.4 cylinder engine with 192K miles. Truck has been pretty much babied and was tip-top until this just happened.

I think it hit the muffler 'protector' (looks like a steel hockey mask with bigger holes) located on the right hand side just past where the front tires would have dropped off the edge...

Any help appreciated. Thank you.
Len


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Nov 2, 2012, 4:51 PM

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If it killed the engine that quickly, I would more suspect that you are looking for damaged wiring somewhere.



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darthlen
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Nov 2, 2012, 5:03 PM

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just replaced plugs and wires a month or so ago; what other wiring should I be checking? Could something still have happened to the new plugs or wires in the 'jolt'?

It will crank and turn over nearly endlessly, but will not catch at this point.


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Nov 2, 2012, 5:05 PM

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I'm not talking about plugs and ignition wires. The whole car is a networking or wires and computer controls.



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Nov 2, 2012, 6:42 PM

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Have you happened to slide up under the truck and take a look underneath to see where the impact was? 95% of the time a visual inspect will lead you to the problem.





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darthlen
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Nov 5, 2012, 4:08 PM

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Re: 98 tacoma hits small bump and wont start :( Sign In

did slide underneath and impact seemed to hit the main axel where one would put a tire jack to change a flat on the left side and the 'aerated steel cover' of a muffler joint on the right.

Turns out, the EFI fuse picked that exact time to blow. Simple replacement of that (plus the tow) cost me $100. Hope that is reasonable as I was fearing much worse.

Thank you for your responses and suggestions. Hope this thread serves to help someone else down the road...

Len






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