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Bought used 2008 Tacoma with cs600 installed. Only starts occasionally. Not enough time for starter to fire engine most of the time. Can starter time be reset?

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Sounds like you have a weak battery..try giving it a good charge and try again many times engines will not start with a battery that turns the engine over but not fast enough to start.. Good luck.

Nov 10, 2014 | 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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2008 toyota tacoma - trouble starting it

This procedure usually works:
·Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine. Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter.

·Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.

·Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's pinion gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck pinion gear.
·Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

Aug 02, 2014 | 2008 Toyota Tacoma

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Not enough power at starter motor

check the battery ground wire.. should be bolted to the engine, battery connections also..

Apr 17, 2014 | 1999 Mazda Pickup

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I have a 2008 Dodge Charge R/T. When I try turning on the ignition, I get dash lights and the usual warning lamps/power, etc., but the engine won't start when turned full? I have to reinsert the key 2-4...

Sounds like dirty battery cables. Clean top & BOTTOMS!!! Everyone ignores the bottoms and they're exposed to grease, grime...etc. If they're dirty or corroded they form resistance that doesn't allow enough power to starter. You hit the key multiple times, cable heats up, expands makes better contact. I'd start there.

Mar 12, 2011 | 2008 Dodge Charger

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Replaced starter relay, as it met the rules for

You need to have the alternator tested as well. If you have a good battery but a bad alternator, it could take a while for the battery to discharge enough to cause there not to be enough power to engage the starter.

Also check your ground, not just at the battery, but at the engine block as well. Hope this helps/.

Sep 21, 2009 | 1993 Mercury Topaz

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Vehicle Won't Start

The solution to this problem was simple, embarrasing and frustrating. The dome light was left on, and discharged the battery....enough to prevent the ignition from firing apparently. I did not suspect this, because the starter would turn the engine over very well, for a long time, and would do this repeatedly. In all my experience, I have never seen an engine spin that well and not start. According to the dealer, the voltage was too low for the ignition to work. While I do not know the exact threshhold where the voltage is too low to crank, I could have detected the condition by checking the voltage at the battery while cranking. It should have been significantly below 12 volts, indicating a low battery. The tow truck driver who picked it up simply used a portable battery to jump it off and cranked it with no problem. The symptom of the starter continuing to run after releasing the key is new technology with computerized controls, and is normal nowdays. You don't really notice this because the engine usually fires so quickly that it is undetectable.

Dec 04, 2008 | 2008 Chrysler Town & Country

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Installed a new stater, battery and alt or fine, car makes a clunck sometimes b4 starting

The ignition coil can't do what you describe.

It almost sounds as if you have some broken teeth on the flywheel that the starter engages.

I would remove the starter, loosen or remove the spark plugs to relieve compression, then have someone turn the engine byhand while peering into the bellhousing with a flashlight where the starter mounts and inspect the flywheel for damage.

With a tooth (or more) worn or broken off, when the Bendix throws the starter gear forward, it may be landing on top of a broken tooth, slipping off, then turning your engine over.
There may be enough tooth even if broken, to stay engaged once the starter has meshed.

Jun 11, 2008 | 2000 Ford Taurus

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