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When i turn the ignition the engine does not turn over and

Customer Question

when i turn the ignition the engine does not turn over and the dash lights flicker with nothing but clicking
JA: Have you checked the fuses? The dashboard bulbs?
Customer: fuses yes just recently changed two dash lights that were out
JA: What is the model/year of your Toyota?
Customer: 2000 4 runner sr5
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: i have changed the dash lights before so yes. all i did was disconnect the battery and changed the instrument panel lights
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: that is all
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 5 months ago.

Have you checked the 4runner's battery yet?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
it started no problem to move the vehicle into the garage before working on it.
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 5 months ago.

Are the lights flashing on and off? Or are they flickering?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
flickering
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 5 months ago.

And all you did was replace dash lights?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
one of the back lights for the instrument panel.
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 5 months ago.

Ok, let's start with some basics, do you have a multimeter?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 5 months ago.

With the key out, check the voltage of the battery and let me know what it reads.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
11.8VDC
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I checked the battery already
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 5 months ago.

Perfect, now is there a small red light to the left of the steering wheel?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
yea next to the dimmer switch
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 5 months ago.

Is this light also a button (you can push it in or out)

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
no its not a button
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 5 months ago.

Is it flashing right now?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
no
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
the light is off
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 5 months ago.

You are not getting enough amperage from that battery to start the 4runner, double check the terminal clamps for tightness and try checking the voltage with the key in the on position.

Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 5 months ago.

Also check that ground wire going to the fender, sometimes they can be broken and still hard to see that it is broken.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
battery is good
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
ground is connected no corrosion
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
would a faulty instrument panel prevent the truck from starting?
Expert:  Peter Bagley replied 5 months ago.

Hello and welcome to just answer and allowing me to assist you. You said the battery is ok? but how did you determine that ? did you do a load test on it ? or a starter draw test? these tests are very important to do for that exact problem, you stated that the battery has 11.8 volts, that is not enough should be over 12v . the load test will determine the strength of the battery under load not just voltage. the starter draw should not exceed 100amps. How old is the battery? If you require further assistance I'll be happy to do so.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
It was the starter relay. when turning the ignition key the relay would not completely close. I gave it a little love tap and sure enough it started right up :)
Expert:  Peter Bagley replied 5 months ago.

You mean the relay in the fuse block or the stater itself ? because that is another problem we had was solenoid problems .I would replace that relay then before it leaves you stranded. But that battery voltage still bothers me.

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