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'85 toyota pickup won't start

When I turn the key I hear a click. I believe it is the solenoid engaging. The engine still doesn't start. The problem was sporadic at first. The truck would start sometimes and not at other times. Then one day the truck wouldn't start at all. Because of this pattern and because the solenoid still clicks I thought it was the starter motor. I replaced the starter motor and the problem is the same. I have had weird electrical problems with this truck for a while. The headlights dim and brighten periodically while driving, the stereo system loses power, and once or twice the truck has even shut off. I know its not a battery problem. The battery is new and I've tried jumping the truck with another vehicle. I'm not sure where to go from here.

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Hi with an old vehicle like yours, first thing which comes to my mind is the ignition switch and or a loose ground some where close to the battery.

Posted on Jan 08, 2013

  • Michael Waldon Jan 08, 2013

    Would the solenoid still click if either of those problems were happening? The starter motor is very clearly getting power and clicking but nothing happens beyond that.

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SOURCE: 1996 Toy Tocoka ignition/starter

that is a starter solenoid problem.

starter has its own solenoid. the big round thing besides the real motor.

it has contacts inside which could be worn out .

that is why sometimes it make contact and sometimes not.



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SOURCE: 95 F150 wont crank

the starter should be replaced. The solenoid is kikcing the pinion out but there is no contact being made to turn the starter motor. I have the exact same truck and before i changed the starter used the old starter tap trick. Tap the starter casing with a hammer and it should start turning again. hope this was helpful for you. Good luck.

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SOURCE: Sometimes starter clicks, sometimes turns over engine

you may have to replace he starter and starter cylinoid

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

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SOURCE: 1994 Toyota Tercel Starter Problems

sounds to me that you have an igniton problem not a starter problem and or if you have or had an alarm system could be cause if u do give me feedback and i will explain but seems that your starter is fine from what u say but if you think in terms of the elemts to start a vehicle batery gives pwoer to ignition which sends to starter which gives spark etc i would check you ignition system something is causeing a short and not alowing starter to function

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SOURCE: Toyota starter problrm

NEED TO REPLACE STARTER.

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