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1994 Toyota Corolla Question: trouble starting

 

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nelltrixi, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Portland, OR, October 08, 2009, 22:20
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Lately I'm unable to start my car right away the first time. When I turn the key in the ignition all the lights on the dash light up but it won't start and it makes no noise! There is no clicking or sorry attempt by the engine to turn over...nothing, just silence. Sometimes on the second try I can get it to start, other times it takes two or three tries. Or sometimes it starts up right away with no problem, I'll even test it and it'll start two or three times in a row! I just had the battery tested, they said it was bad and they replaced it..I thought my troubles were over but then it did it to me again! Could this be the starter? Or the alternator, or the fuel pump? Again, it doesn't make a peep when this happens which leads me to think it's something other than the starter or alternator. My bet is on the fuel pump, only thing that hasn't been replaced but I would really like some feedback.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, October 08, 2009, 22:38
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    It won't be the fuel pump, the fuel pump needs to see the engine cranking and running to operate but won't influence the starter if it fails. Put a volt meter across the battery terminals at rest the voltage should be 12.6 volts engine not running if not the possibilities are a bad battery (yours is new) or something electrical staying on and draining the battery. Start the engine the voltage across the battery should read 14.7 volts approx if the alternator is charging correctly. The most likely problem in your case is the starter solenoid contacts and plunger are bad. Typical of the Corolla starter. They are replaceable and easy to change and nearly always fix the problem. Difficult to access the starter in your car it is got from under neath at the rear of the engine.

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    October 09, 2009, 06:37
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    I would check the actual igniction switch, i would also check to see if the car had an alarm or if it has one if its working properly, could also be the starter i would look into these things

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    Visitor, April 25, 2010, 09:34

    If you try to move the shift lever on the floor one way or the other you might find a faster result, I did.

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