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97 Toyota 4Runner starting problem

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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  • jarredking Oct 19, 2008

    No I don't. There used to be an alarm but that has been removed years ago.

  • jarredking Oct 19, 2008

    An associate at O Reilly's said it might be the distributor cap. Not very car savvy so can't verify it. It's currently sitting in a parking lot not wanting to start.

  • jarredking Oct 19, 2008

    Is there a website that details how to do this or a step by step referance you could provide? I appreciate your help and great advice!

  • jarredking Oct 19, 2008

    Perfect, I will check it out and reply back. Thanks a bunch! JK

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    tony yeatman May 11, 2010

    do you have an immobiliser fitted?

  • kredig1
    kredig1 Nov 22, 2012

    just had this problem several times over the past few months on my 97 4 runner turns out all it has been is crappy connections on my battery terminal connections I replaced both of them for 6 dollars and havent had a issue since.



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I have the same problem with my 97 4runner, the solution that had worked for is to turn the steering wheel until its lock, then i try to start the engine.

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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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    tony yeatman Oct 19, 2008

    The relay should be in a plastic box with lid with engine fuses,relays and assorted electrics The lid should have that info under the lid.Its as simple as pulling it out and pushing it back in.Your owners manual should have the relay information under the electrical chapter let me know


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Could be the engine management system or the immobiliser?

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