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New battery new starter and truck randomly wont start? 1988 toyota 2wd automatic hear a small click when turning over

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That truck uses a starter solenoid, that can cause your symptoms.

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Have you had the charging system load tested ? You may have a battery that is not putting out its full cold cranking amps, or a alternator not charging the system or both.
The "click" you here could be a connection that is loose.

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I have a 1988 2wd pickup and the starter won't

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1) Low battery, not enough juice.

2) Starter housing dirty, and engine block area where it connects to. Starter gets ground off of the engine block. (Negative connection) Positive connection from battery goes to solenoid. Clean starter, and engine area where it mounts.

3) Brushes for starter are completely worn down. The click you hear/heard, is one of the last it will make before the brushes are changed.

Test the starter off of the car with jumper cables, and a small jumper wire for the solenoid. Starter works you know it isn't the problem.

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1. battery cables loose or corroded
2. if manual transmission, faulty clutch start switch
3. if automatic transmission, faulty neutral start switch
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5. blown fusible link.
6. faulty starter
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You will have to check, at the starter, for power to the SMALL wire on the starter solenoid (which is on the starter) when turning the ignition switch to start.
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If you do not have power at the small wire at the solenoid with the key in start position and battery power is OK.....check the safety neutral switch.Moving the shifter around a little can sometimes allow the car to start if the neutral switch is worn.

A new battery does not always mean a fully charged battery.
Try a boost from another car before testing the starter for power.

The battery cables need to be clean and tight....and check the ground to the engine as well.

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