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1994 Toyota Tercel Starter Problems

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.

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  • ballsfink Feb 10, 2009

    I'm inline with you that it is something to do with teh ignition. I do not have an alarm system. Can you provide me with the steps of any tests that I can perform myself or a reference link.I would appreciate it

  • stanstojanov Feb 25, 2009

    I have a the similair problem. The 15 amp fuse( I think its the ECM fuse that controlls the starter blows. when this happens I replace the

    fuse and the car will start again until the next time. Can't find a problem

    because everytime I replace the fuse everything works fine after that.

  • lavoice Feb 26, 2009

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    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""

    i do have an alarm system and i've tried to disable it many time now, but still cant find a way. I now the module is under the radio but if i pull it out, the car wont start. Do you know how to disable it????? Please, help!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    95 camry 20 jump started wrong way around. changed main fuse.starter turns for second then cuts out

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    Truck ran fine prior to battery failing. Installed new battery and it won't turn over. Connections are good. fuses fine. Dash light & head lights come on normally when key is on, but does nothing when key turned to start. no clicking. no sounds. it is original key. Could it be the anti-theft device? If so, how do you clear this code or reset it if you don't have the proper computer diag. equipment?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    I replace my starter but now its not turning over the older one was trying to turn over lease everything works on the car but it is not turn over I'm getting power to battery not dead including to the promise

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    I replace my starter but now its not turning over the older one was trying to turn over lease everything works on the car but it is not turn over I'm getting power to battery not dead including to the promise

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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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  • Lance Ferrell Aug 04, 2012

    I am having a similar problem. My 1999 Toyota Corolla would not start after the Battery was replaced. I took to a mechanic and he did something which allowed the car to start. Then, it still had problems starting so I replaced the starter motor. When I went to start it, the starter kept turning until I disconnected the battery. Does this problem ring a bell? Thanks for your help.

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