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    Default Turning key wont start, making clicking sound?

    Hello,
    Cant start my truck. I turn the key and I get a long series of clicking noises but the engine doesnt even turn over. I seem to have plenty of power, all the lights seem fine. I have noticed over the last few months occasionaly when I put the key in I have to wiggle it a bit to get the key to actually turn. Then it may be fine, but never had an actually problem trying to start it. Could this be the starter, solenoid, ignition or a combination of the three?

    I appreciate any advice.
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    Default Re: Turning key wont start, making clicking sound?

    I know you said you think you have power, but it sounds like the battery to me.
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    Default Re: Turning key wont start, making clicking sound?

    Although your lights seem OK, I suspect a weak battery. The starter takes a lot more current than lights. Check voltage at the battery. Also dunno if these headlights stay on while starting the engine, but if so, try hitting the starter while the lights are on -- if the lights get very dim when the starter engages, it's almost certainly the battery.

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    Default Re: Turning key wont start, making clicking sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by techmate View Post
    Hello,
    Cant start my truck. I turn the key and I get a long series of clicking noises but the engine doesnt even turn over. I seem to have plenty of power, all the lights seem fine. I have noticed over the last few months occasionaly when I put the key in I have to wiggle it a bit to get the key to actually turn. Then it may be fine, but never had an actually problem trying to start it. Could this be the starter, solenoid, ignition or a combination of the three?

    I appreciate any advice.
    Thanks
    Have your battery load tested and clean your battery terminals and cable clamps first.

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    PS: The starter pulls a much higher amp load than your lighting and will point out a problem long before any other electrical load.
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    Yes, I think you guys are correct. I jumped it right now and it started up fine. Its a 2001 and the original battery. Its probably dead (RIP, youve been a good battery )
    Ill just swing over to the parts store and pick up another battery and see how it goes. I left it running for awhile and hope its enough power in it to start it one more time when the stores open up here so I can pick up a battery.

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    Default Re: Turning key wont start, making clicking sound?

    Starter contacts...super common on the previous gen Tacoma's/4runners.

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    I put the new battery in. So far it starts up just fine. Thanks for the help in here.

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