My 97 4Runner has had problems starting, despite recently replacing the ignition switch and starter. When I turn the key the dash lights come on, but the engine doesn't turn over. This happens intermittently and usually starts after letting it sit for several hours or overnight. Am running out of patience and money to repair. I appreciate any help!
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Re: 97 Toyota 4Runner starting problem
If the immobiliser is not an issue the next time it happens remove the starter relay and swap with any other relay except fuel pump and ignition.Some times just pulling out and replacing works as the contacts on the relay do not have a good clean contact and provide too much resistance.Sure sounds like a relay begining to fail.good luck
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Sep 21, 2010 - To replace a Yoyota 4Runner Starter Relay you will need: ... As with any electrical procedure on a car or truck it is best to remove the negative battery cable of the Toyota 4Runner to prevent any electric shocks when working on it. ... If it does not start straight away, rock the car backwards and forwards with ...
I had a similar problem with my 1993 V6 4Runner a few years ago. In my case it started in the Fall season and only got worse as the weather got colder (meaning that I had to turn the key several times before the motor would start). I replaced the battery which helped for a while, but eventually the same thing kept on happening. The electrical contacts in the starter were the problem. They get worn down over time. When the starter motor spins, it wears the brass/copper contacts and eventually they wear out. I decided to replace them myself (pain in the tush) but only spent $35 compared to the $700 estimate I got from Toyota.
The wiring between the ignition switch and the relay are faulty. You must check these wires for continunity to find the bad wire. You can get a digram fronm the haynes manuals they sell for that vehicle at your local autozone store. Hope that helps, Rich
He's right I would check Neutral safety switch first. Make sure B+ only comes out of one end of it when pedal is released. Only time B+ must be out of both sides of this is when pedal is depressed. Ignition switch can't go to starter directly B+ starts at ign switch to neutral safety to solenoid on starter.
Most neutral safety switches can be adjusted.