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Strange starter behavior in 91 Toyota 4x PU

The other day I went to start my truck and when I turned the key - nothing. I got radio and the seat-belt buzzer, but no starter. So I charged the battery. It's pretty new - under a year old. After charging - same thing. So I figured the starter must be out. Put in a new one (An adventure unto itself), and still got the same thing. So I check for voltage at the starter thinking it might be the cable. I have juice to the lug straight from the battery, and to the terminal when the key is turned. I hit the horn and get nothing, but the battery gauge dips. What could do this? I would think that with juice to the starter as I descrbed, it should turn over. I tried jump-starting it and got the same results. The battery tests good. I'm at a a loss.

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Dave

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Sounds like a short in the system - voltage is dropping off before it can fully energize the starter. Try a remote starter, where you jump the battery to the starter. Leave the ignition on, and briefly energize to turn over. This will tell you whether the engine will run or if the short prevents it. If it runs, look for a short in the ignition system.

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