Toyota Repair Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
First, there isn't a neutral switch on a manual transmission Echo- just the clutch switch and if that tests ok then the next place to look is the starter.
The starter will have two wires, one thick (usually red) wire that has 12 volts all the time and then a smaller wire that has 12 volts with the key in the crank position. You need to check to see if the thick wire shows 12 volts and then you will need to see if the thin wire gets 12 volts when turning the key (you might need a helper to turn the key for you while you watch the meter).
That's odd. It could be a loose wire to the starter and maybe pushing on the shifter wiggles it just enough to connect better?
Yep, it looks like the starter is bad. If you have 12 volts on the thick wire and get 12v (or as little as 9 volts should be enough) on the trigger wire and it doesn't crank then the starter is bad.
You might try tapping on the starter body with a hammer or ratchet to see if it will give you one more good start. We see occasionally that you can tap or bang on the starter and it will loosen up the burned brushes in the motor and let it crank one, maybe two more times before it dies completely. If it does start it will at least get you to the parts store.
If it doesn't start with a good hard tap or two then it's not going to work. It's dead.
? That's weird.
It could just have really low amps. Like a bad cell in the battery.
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