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I have a Hilux SW4 2.8 diesel from 1995. It always has problems starting but they seem to be different over time. When I turn the key the first time to ''Start'', the headlights stay very bright, but the voltage at the cigarette lighter goes to zero and the starter motor does absolutely nothing. If I immediately try again, the starter turns strongly and the motor starts immediately. However, when the engine is hot after a short drive, the problem gets worse. So first key turn, nothing, then the second key turn the starter cranks very very slowly, crank-stop-crank-stop, almost like the armature in the starter motor is dragging. Eventually after 5 or 6 goes, I can get it to start. I bought a voltage meter for the cigarette socket; what I noticed the other day is that it shows 13 to 14V when I start driving around with a cold car, but when the car is hot, this drops down to 12V, like some contact, wire or fuse is causing resistance when hot. I cleaned the battery terminals and the contact point for the biggest earth cable I could find, and that did increase the peak voltage I can see but still didn`t stop it falling off when the engine is hot. Any help would be greatly appreciated, Jon

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My son had something similar with his rav 4 it turned out to be the alternator which in turn damaged the voltage regulator try a recon alternator first you might get lucky.

Posted on Mar 02, 2017

Testimonial: "Thank Garry, it's really good of you to take the time to post. After taking it to several auto electricians, I eventually decided I had to fix it myself. I did three things. 1) Buy a new battery as I believed one cell to be damaged. 2) Check, clean and recheck all earth points in the engine bay then run some extra earth cable. 3) Bought a complete new starter motor. The strange battery voltage readings were related to the battery itself (although I agree the reg/rec or the loom close to it could be a culprit for others reading this). The post-mortem on the starter motor revealed that the failure to crank when cold was due to a sticking solenoid. The failure to crank when hot was due to a failed bearing in the starter motor that seized when the starter motor absorbed heat from the engine bay. So two different failures in the starter motor and a broken battery. She now runs like a champ."

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