Question about 1996 Toyota Tacoma
If you vehicle has an automatic transmission then it's a failing neutral safety switch.
The quick way to test,is to put your foot on the brake and shift the gear selector to neutral "N" and try to start the car.
Shift the selector back to PARK "P" to let the car warm up.
If you can start on N and not P then you need to replace the neutral safety switch.
A loose /worn out shifter linkage and starter relay must be inspected as the same time.
If you your car is a stick shift then just check check on the starter relay.
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This type of problem is normally caused by a bad connection. You need to start off by cleaning the battery cables and battery terminals. If they look clean, go ahead and clean them anyway. Clean them with a wire brush where they look like bright shiny metal, and make sure the connections are tight. Then have your battery load tested at an auto parts store that tests battery's. If this doesn't fix the problem then the starter can have problems. Just testing a starter when it is off of the vehicle isn't real accurate, because the starter isn't under load turning an engine. Many of the people in auto parts stores testing starters don't have a good idea of what they are doing. I have found this to be true over and over, and they will tell you a bad starter is good.
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