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Starting problem

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by Gerthkblue, Mar 8, 2020.

  1. Mar 8, 2020 at 3:53 PM
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    Gerthkblue

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    I have an 08 Tundra. At times the truck will not start and I will need to wait for approx 30 min and it will start. I cleaned the battery terminals thinking they were dirty. That did not help. I changed the computer key to a new one thinking the module in the key was bad. That worked for a few days. However, today the truck just wont start.

    I have noticed this problem intermittently for approximately 6 months. The first time it occurred was 6 months ago and then it worked great for the next 4 mos. Then it happened again when I cleaned the terminals. It worked great for about two weeks and then it happened again. Wouldn't start. It happened again so I swapped the ignition key to a new one thinking he module in the key was bad. It then started great for about a week and now it sits in my driveway dead. Nothing seems to work. Looking for an idea.

    The battery maintains a strong charge and the alternator, when running, is charging the battery. When it is dead there is no clicking sound at the starter which occurred each time the truck would not start.

    Any ideas/thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2020 at 4:06 PM
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    Welcome!

    The starter is probably bad would be my guess
     
  3. Mar 8, 2020 at 4:20 PM
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    Would there be a code on the computer?
     
  4. Mar 8, 2020 at 4:22 PM
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    Sorry just my guess, you checked battery and your truck is 08 so it’s probably due for a starter soon. Hopefully someone with more experience can help you.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2020 at 4:37 PM
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    Thanks for your help. This has had me stumped for a while.
     
  6. Mar 9, 2020 at 8:11 AM
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    I had this type of problem on another car a while back.

    Connections to the battery was fine, it was a bad negative wire connection to the engine block.

    Check that the two big wires coming from the battery have clean connections at their other ends; positive to starter, negative to engine block. Can’t be more specific than that as to where to find them.

    Greg
     
  7. Mar 9, 2020 at 8:39 AM
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    Thank you. I will give that a try.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2020 at 8:47 AM
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    I've replacement my starter approximately 6 months ago. I had a similar issue, but within day and it never turned on again. Did get a code for crankshaft position sensor. P0095 if I remember correctly, and I did swap it and no it didn't turn on. If you stall out on the road, because I did. Don't let the tow truck driver hit the starter to turn it on...
    #1 they don't know where it is and might be hitting some other vital component.
    #2 if they're not removing heatshields, yes 2 of them, no one will ever see it, because its hidden..
     
  9. Mar 9, 2020 at 8:56 AM
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    you could hot wire the starter to see if it's the starter or ignition system. If you have alarm that may be the cause too.
     
  10. Mar 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM
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    Yes, this may also help. I also tried this and it was u successful.. I could hear a click, but nothing else. You may try to replace your relay. I did this too, but nothing, even replaced my battery on the 11th hour of the warranty and nothing.

    I do this on my Celica and it works marvelous when the relay starts acting up.
     
  11. Mar 9, 2020 at 9:21 AM
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    This is exactly what I was going to say . I had that problem with an old ford
     
  12. Mar 14, 2020 at 8:28 PM
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    Thanks everyone. It ended up being a starter. Had it changed and everything is running well.
     
  13. Mar 15, 2020 at 1:30 PM
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    Seems premature for the starter, but glad you got it running.
     
  14. Mar 16, 2020 at 5:41 AM
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    I had something similar to this on my 97 f150, I replaced the starter and it ran great but earlier this year it stopped working again with the same symptoms and I found it to be a bad ground, so make sure your electric is sound in there too

    Glad to hear it's fixed up!
     

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