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My 2004 toyota tacoma refused to start this morning :( It just made a clicking noise. Im wondering if it could be the starter or a battery problem. The truck was running yesterday just fine and I didnt leave any lights on but it was -1 last night and I have not replaced the battery on the truck since I got it. Help please

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Your description sounds like low battery. I prefer not to just replace parts, but rather diagnose what is happening, for example, a dead battery is a victim and not a cause, if headlights were to be left on.

I prefer to fully charge the battery, takes about 4 hours with a shop charger...then load test it. IF fail replace battery and then check charging system. You need 13.8 to 14.5 or so when running at 2000 rpm.

A note about the clicking: in really low state of charge, often you have enough voltage to energize the soleniod, but not enough to turn the engine over, so voltage drops off, and solenoid de- energizes, then this cycles fairly rapidly, that is what makes the clicking noise...

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