Car wont start. Spare car not used for six months, normally 1st rate starter
Battery fully charged, no visible loose connections. Ignition light illuninates but nothing whatsoever happens when key is turned, lights work but not wipers or indicators. terminals cleaned.
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Re: Toyota Carolla 1992
there are numerous possibilities on what it could be so i have listed below in order to change first cheapest to the most expensive.
1. Change Sparkplugs and leads 2. Get an auto electrition to check your altinator it may need changing 3. If your car is EFI (Electronic Fuel Injected) change the coil pack, if not EFI change or recondition your distributor 4. Could be a sensor or a solinoide problem 5. If its EFI it could also be the ECU/ECM which means your computer for the car.
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if it wont turn over 1st check the ground s on the car and the battery 1st. your battery can be fully charged and the car will not start even over night this can happen. then look at the starter. Note: if you have over 109K on the car and the timing belt has never been replaced you will need to have this checked as well.
The most common cause of a non-starting car is the battery. It is either weak, (low voltage) dead, (zero voltage) or has bad connections. (corroded or loose) I will assume you have a fully charged battery with good connections. (both to battery and starter relay) Just becaue its new, don't mean its good or fully charged.
If you remove the starter switch lead (small wire) from the starter relay and apply +12v from the battery to its respective prong or lead on the relay, and your starter cranks, your starter switch is faulty. (not to be confused with your key switch). If you jump the two large wires together on the relay and it cranks, then the relay is faulty. If you jump the two large wires together and nothing happens, then starter is faulty, or wires to starter are loose or broken. Picture of starter switch prong on the relay is pictured. NOTE: sparks are to be expected, so don't be too scared.
faulty starter relay, faulty starter, faulty starter switch, (not to be confused with key switch), how do you know your battery is ok? it could lose its charge overtime/have a dead cell, might have enough energy for lights, but not a high draw thing like a starter. Make sure your battery has 12.5 volts, 13.5 volts being nice and fully charged. check battery connections at both ends, battery and starter ends.
It could also be a bad connection on either the battery positive or negative. A quick way to check is to try to move the connections by hand. If you can move them. Then they are loose. If they are loose they will cause exactly the symptoms you are describing.
If this was happening before you changed the starter, it's very unlikely both old and new starter have the same problem. If battery is fully charged and it's still happening, look for a starter relay. It provides high current direct to starter through a fairly heavy wire. It could be on the starter itself or remotely mounted under the hood somewhere. Follow the heavy wire(s) from the battery (+) terminal.
try starting car in park and in neutral.if it still wont crank check battery has at least 13 volts if possible load test battery. check battery cables make sure conecting ends are clean . check terminals on starter also IF .starter still does not turn remove starter. have starter checked at auto parts store usually at no charge.
Bryan, 1st check that the battery connections are clean and tight, and also the same for starter connections (starter is positioned between the engine and transmission, probably has 2-3 bolts and wiring connections. Have you had the battery tested? Don't buy a starter until you do. The lights and radio can work, but the battery could be undercharged enough to not be able to crank the engine over (you are correct that the 'clicking' sound is classic bad or low charge battery, but check the above 1st). A parts store can do a free check if you pull it out and bring it down. After checking the connections, try to jump start the car. Good luck. Hope this helps.