Question about 1995 Toyota Tercel
1994 Toyota Tercel 1.5L EFI – Direct Drive starter - The car started everyday with no problems. One afternoon, I had to get a jump to go to work - battery seemed dead and starter made no noise when I turned the key. When I tried to start it to go home -nothing. Couldn't start it even with a jump. The starter does not even click. Removed starter and battery and took it to 3 different auto parts stores to test - battery failed with weak cell but starter passed every time. I even had them test it multiple times at each parts place and it always passed. Bought new battery, replaced battery terminal ends, reinstalled starter and turned key - still no sound from the starter. Checked continuity of ground and test light showed ground worked at both ends. Also put test light to starter and it showed that power was getting there. Pulled every fuse and only found two (EFI and some other minor 15 amp) that I had to replace. Still nothing. I hear the main relay fuse in hood fuse box click and EFI pump click when I turn key but nothing else happens. Lights don't dim when left on and I turn the key. But inside climate control fan and radio no longer work when I turn the key to accessory even though fuses are good. Everything else works, lights (dome, headlamps, tail lamps, flashers), horn, etc. I'm baffled at this point.
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
Posted on Feb 10, 2009
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