Toyota

Have Toyota Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Toyota
This answer was rated:

1999 Toyota 4Runner. Sometimes wont start. Battery is good.

1999 Toyota 4Runner. Sometimes won't...
1999 Toyota 4Runner. Sometimes won't start. Battery is good. I hear clicking coming from the inside fuse box area and also from the horn...but just a clicking sound. Suspect factory anti-theft device has something to do with it.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Toyota Question
Answered in 14 minutes by:
10/30/2009
Fixitman
Fixitman, Master Technician
Category: Toyota
Satisfied Customers: 17,563
Experience: ASE Master Certified, AA Degree Auto/Diesel Tech
Verified
HelloCustomer does the temperature of the engine change when this happens? Is the vehicle equipped with a manual or automatic transmission?
Ask Your Own Toyota Question
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Yes, the only thing that moves on the dash is the temperature gage. Everything else acts like it is dead. This is a standard transmission.
Most of the time when this happens it is either due to a bad starter or a bad starter relay. You would need to check for voltage at the small starter wire when cranking the engine. If there is voltage then the starter is the problem. if there is no voltage then you either have a problem with the starter solenoid or the ignition switch.
Ask Your Own Toyota Question
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Yesterday, to eliminate it being a bad battery, I tried hooking up jumper cables and got some amazing sparks! Yikes! So, I knew it wasn't the battery. When I shut the hood, the alarm went off. I used the key fob remote to stop the alarm. Everything worked after that and I could start it. I left it until about 4 hours ago and started it and drove it to a different location. 30 minutes later, everything on it is dead/disabled. The anti-theft light is flashing. I think it must be something to do with the anti-theft system killing everything. The hazzard lights don't work. The power locks don't work (from the door switch or from the key fob remote)...even though the battery is fine. Are you stumped?
The security system will not shut down the electrical systems on this vehicle. You need to start by checking all of the fuses on the vehicle. One of the fuses may have blown due to the pervious battery issue.
Ask Your Own Toyota Question
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I checked all the interior fuses already. They are good. The ones under the hood seem to be bigger stuff that doesn't relate. Why do you think that setting off sparks "reset" the system and allowed me to start it? Would you suggest I take it to the dealer or to my mechanic?
WHen the sparking happened it may have gotten a fuse hot enough to damahe it but not completely cause it to fail until the vehicle was used this time. The large fuses under the hood are the more common ones to fail. It may also be a sudden ignition switch failure. If you do not have a voltage meter to run thru some electrical checks I would take it to a mechanic.
Ask Your Own Toyota Question
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Well, I had come to the same conclusion too don't think you've earned my $9 yet. :o) Let me ask your opinion on another topic and if it is a thoughful answer, I'll accept it and pay you. Sound fair? Have you ever worked at a dealership? Do dealerships generally over-charge for repairs? I feel like they rip people off. Is it true that most garages don't have the computer diagnotics necessary to get good readout of problems that the dealerships have? What are some repairs that you would definately take to a dealership rather than a gararge? Thanks!
I don't have a problem answering other questions for you. As for the dealer, they do charge quite a bit more for parts and labor that an independent shop. I would not say that it is to rip you off, but it is more because they have a very high overhead. You will typically get better prices from independents. When it comes to equipment, most shops do now have access to the same tools as dealers. Most of the time an independent can do just as good as a dealer. The only time you may want to use the dealer is when you have a module problem that noone else can figure out.
Fixitman
Fixitman, Master Technician
Category: Toyota
Satisfied Customers: 17,563
Experience: ASE Master Certified, AA Degree Auto/Diesel Tech
Verified
Fixitman and 87 other Toyota Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Fixitman Your Own Question
Fixitman
Fixitman
Fixitman, Master Technician
Category: Toyota
Satisfied Customers: 17,563
17,563 Satisfied Customers
Experience: ASE Master Certified, AA Degree Auto/Diesel Tech

Fixitman is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I've got my baby back. Tomorrow I will get a tank of high octane, remove the top, go for a long long ride and enjoy my car. THANK YOU!

JugheadUSA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Chris (aka-Moose)

Chris (aka-Moose)

Auto Technician

1,001 satisfied customers

16 years of experience

Marty

Marty

ASE Certified Technician

180 satisfied customers

ASE & Bosch Master Tech. 30 years experience.

Amedee

Amedee

Toyota Technician

1,229 satisfied customers

ASE certified tech advanced level specialist. Wisconsin certified emissions state inspector

Anthony

Anthony

ASE Certified Technician

401 satisfied customers

ASE Master Automobile Technician with over 20 years exp. in this field.

Richard

Richard

ASE Certified Technician

9 satisfied customers

Toyota tech. ASE Certified Technician

Skyvisions

Skyvisions

ASE Certified Technician

12,737 satisfied customers

Toyota Master Diagnostic

Genchi Genbutsu

Genchi Genbutsu

Toyota Master Technician

3,761 satisfied customers

Toyota Certified Master Diagnostic Technician, ASE Master Technician with L1 Advanced Engine

< Previous | Next >

Related Toyota Questions
Told I needed a new starter for a 2010 Rav4 Limited. Battery
Told I needed a new starter for a 2010 Rav4 Limited. Battery was dead (left lights on yesterday) and wouldn't crank this am. 1) Will starter work after battery is recharged; 2) if starter is needed wh… read more
Ron Z.
Ron Z.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
2 satisfied customers
Had a remote starter installed at a Toyota dealership and
Had a remote starter installed at a Toyota dealership and have had battery problems. It's on a 2014 Camry LE They have now installed a battery charger that sits on top of the battery and turns on when… read more
Toyota Service
Toyota Service
Toyota Dealership Service & CR Manager
1,344 satisfied customers
I was attempting to after market remote starter on 2016 RAV4
I was attempting to after market remote starter on 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. Now vehicle does start with or without the remote. I have pulled all the plugs back off from the remote start and still will not st… read more
nelson freitas
nelson freitas
Automotive Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
110 satisfied customers
Where is the starter relay on a 2006 toyota rav 4. 160k.
well i jumped my car and stupidly had the terminals opposite … read more
Jared D
Jared D
Shop Supervisor
Bachelor\u0027s
3 satisfied customers
2010 Toyota tundra 5.7 will not start. Key turns but starter
2010 Toyota tundra 5.7 will not start. Key turns but starter dose not engage, lights on dash blink when key is turned, here clicking in dash when key is turned. Changed starter last year and still hav… read more
baddad1
baddad1
technician
High School or GED
5 satisfied customers
Won't start. Doesn't click. New battery and starter tested
Won't start. Doesn't click. New battery and starter tested and is fine. When you turn the key lights dim … read more
ted ritter
ted ritter
Team Leader/toyota master tech/retired
High School or GED
2,692 satisfied customers
1997 Toyota Corolla 1.6l automatic. The starter keeps
1997 Toyota Corolla 1.6l automatic. The starter keeps turning even if the ignition switch is off or key is out. Just replaced third starter. I believe its the starter relay but I can't find where it i… read more
ted ritter
ted ritter
Team Leader/toyota master tech/retired
High School or GED
2,692 satisfied customers
Truck wasn't starting changed battery/starter and now the
truck wasn't starting changed battery/starter and now the starter is continuously running when the truck starts?? … read more
ted ritter
ted ritter
Team Leader/toyota master tech/retired
High School or GED
2,692 satisfied customers
2001 echo doesn't start after running this morning. Starter
2001 echo doesn't start after running this morning. Starter doesn't engage, no clicking. Cleaned terminals, no change, VOM reads 13.9 across terminals. HELP!… read more
David Craig
David Craig
OWNER/MECHANIC
Associates
4,420 satisfied customers
I am trying to determine whether I have a starter problem or
I am trying to determine whether I have a starter problem or a starter relay problem. The vehicle is a 2003 toyota tacoma. It has the 2.4 engine and a automatic transmission. Occasionally the starter … read more
baddad1
baddad1
technician
High School or GED
5 satisfied customers
2017 Toyota highlander will not crank the starter. I have a
2017 Toyota highlander will not crank the starter. I have a keyless and a push start button. Message says braking power low … read more
Edward Clayton
Edward Clayton
Associate Degree
1,033 satisfied customers
It will not start. It's not the battery and the starter is
It will not start. It's not the battery and the starter is new … read more
Edward Clayton
Edward Clayton
Associate Degree
1,033 satisfied customers
07 Tacoma starter will not starter. I change park/ neutral
07 Tacoma starter will not starter. I change park/ neutral safety switch … read more
Skyvisions
Skyvisions
ASE Certified Technician
High School or GED
12,737 satisfied customers
I'm in the process of removing the starter motor from my
I'm in the process of removing the starter motor from my 2000 prado. I have removed the two connectors and both bolts. The starter motor won't budge. Have I missed a bolt somewhere? … read more
Eric
Eric
Auto Technician
589 satisfied customers
First it was the starter coil and the cat. was going to
first it was the starter coil and the cat. was going to replace the cat but was it would be a waste because it would go bad again. so I'm being told there is a misfire. but what is misfiring … read more
Ron Z.
Ron Z.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
2 satisfied customers
Battery was dead. Tried to charge it with engine starter on
Battery was dead. Tried to charge it with engine starter on charger. Click, click nothing cranking it. No lights on dash or current going anywhere. Trunk won't open. Like a fuse is blown. I tried a ju… read more
Tool Hut
Tool Hut
Owner
519 satisfied customers
My engine die on highway, starter is okay fuel pump is good
my engine die on highway, starter is okay fuel pump is good and there is spark on spark plug … read more
Peter Bagley
Peter Bagley
master technition
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
1,015 satisfied customers
Gas engine starter not starting, not a gas hog starter not
Gas engine starter not starting JA: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual? Customer: not a gas hog starter not working JA: What is the model/year of your electr… read more
Eric
Eric
Retired
N/A
14,436 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x