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.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Buying a car

You should have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic do a pre purchase inspection so you can get an idea of the shape of the vehicle and do not get caught with a vehicle that will cost tons to fix...

Q: Why is my steering hard at idle after replacing powersteering pump and rack

Anytime a system is contaminated with metal from a failed part, you will get filters that get clogged. Since you installed a return line filter, this will help filter out any contamination but may also starve the pump of fluid....

Q: Car making grinding noise

It sounds like your clutch is not releasing completely. Even though you are pushing the pedal in, the clutch disc is continuing to turn on the transmission input shaft. This could be caused by a number of transmission and clutch...

Related articles

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 to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.