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1988 Cressida Won't kick over...

Hi all. My 88 Cressida won't start. It's been sitting for a bit, and the battery is dead. When i try to jump it, i get headlights/radio/heat etc, but it won't turn over. I've replaced the starter and still nada. All the main fuses seem to be OK and i'm starting to think it could be something wierd with the stock alarm??? Any clues?

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  • jessemayr Sep 08, 2008

    i'll try that tonight... anything else i should look for? I've seen in other threads that the nutural/park switch might be at fault as well?

  • jessemayr Sep 09, 2008

    No, I havn't replaced the battery, i've been doing all of this off a jump start. Prolly should replace the battery though huh?

  • jessemayr Sep 09, 2008

    thanks ed... you rock. I'll let ya know how it turns out

  • Anonymous Sep 14, 2008

    I had the same problem with my 88 Cressida and replaced the battery now starts everyday.

  • jessemayr Sep 22, 2008

    thanks to everyone who posted the new battery fix.... kicked right over, first time.

    How come it's always the little things that get ya. Thanks again.


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I had the same problem with my 88 Cressida and replaced the battery just a month ago so far no problems starts every time.


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Look under the driver seat for the box that contains the controller for the alarm. If it is wet, you will def get a "no crank" condition.

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  • Toyota Ed Sep 09, 2008

    Usually, the P/N switch is reliable, but, try to start it in Neutral. You neglected to mention if you replaced the battery. Also, I have observed more than a few "new" starters that are junk right out of the box. Additional tests: Check for 12 volts at the tiny wire on the starter with the key in the "start" position (you'll need a helper for this); no power: replace the electric part of the key switch. The key switch sends voltage to the solenoid, which, when engaged, drops a plunger to make a circuit, sending the battery power thru said contacts, and then into the starter.

  • Toyota Ed Sep 09, 2008

    Replace the battery. Get a good one, with over 500 CCA. Jumps from other car's batteries are not good enough. The starter draws a LOT of amps, and sometimes, cables are not big enough to transmit that type of power; resulting in not enough VDC at the dead car's starter.

  • Toyota Ed Sep 09, 2008

    You are quite welcome. Glad to help.


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