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Intermittent starter circuit problem

I just bought a 1987 Toyota Cressida. It has a problem at times starting. It seems that after taking the car on a short trip (aroung the block), sometimes it will not start. When the key is turned the lights on the dash come on and a slight clicking sound from (a relay, I assume), but that is all. If I let the car sit for 15 minutes, it starts up fine. This is intermittent and hard to reproduce. Battery is brand new. I haven't started to make voltage checks yet. I'm waiting for a wiring schematic that I ordered. The Park/neutral cut-off switch works fine when the car starts correctly (if I put it in gear it does cut off the ignition o.k.) Don't know how to tell if that switch is working when the car does not start, though. I realize that there is a break in the ckt, but not sure how to localize the problem systematically.


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  • Toyota Tom May 28, 2008

    The starter does not turn over at all during this condition.

    "When the key is turned the lights on the dash come on and a slight clicking sound from (a relay, I assume), but that is all."

  • timrea Oct 21, 2012

    I have a 1987 Cressida and the exact same thing happens. New battery, new alternater, and new starter.



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