Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Intermittent startup problem

asked by on

Hi. I have occasional startup isuess with my truck. It would run great for a while and then start having starting difficulties out of the blue. When that happens, it the truck would usually start up after engaging the ignition up to ten times. The ignition makes a clicking sound. These issues would last briefly and the truck would work fine for a long period with no issues whatsoever. I had the battery replaced recently. What could be the problem here? Thanks.

A: One of two common issues could be the case,...

One of two common issues could be the case, assuming the battery is holding its charge:

  1. The ignition switch itself: the ignition switches on the Tacoma are known to wear out over time.

  2. The starter: taking a voltage check at the starter while cranking will let you know if the issue lies in the starting circuit or the starter itself. Be very careful if you try this voltage check as serious injury can occur if the system arcs to ground while taking this measurement.

You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who has the tools and expertise to safely diagnose and correct issues in the starting system.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Truck not starting.

When you say won't start, I will assume it is a crank no start. There are at least two possible failures for the no start. First and most common is the the fuel pump and filter. The next most likely...

Q: Coolant leak despite water pump replacement

It sounds like you have already pinpointed the leak. I suggest having your radiator hose replaced as soon as possible since coolant loss can lead to engine overheating and extensive damage. A technician from your YourMechanic can easily do this...

Q: Squealing coming from brake power booster/check valve?

Hello - your problem sounds like a failed vacuum or fresh air valve in the power brake booster, or possibly a ruptured diaphragm in the booster. And, you are correct that this failure will not lose brake fluid. I would...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...