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Just bought 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 4 wd. used it to get

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just bought 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 4 wd. used it to get materials down to low point on property and couldn't climb back up grassy slope. Tried three successive days as conditions got dryer. Bought chains for rear tires. Put one set on & went to move truck for adjustment and it wouldn't start. Accessories would light up inside and out but no response by engine other then rapid clicking noise. Battery was dead so replaced with new. Next try, no electric response at all, no dash lights etc. just silence. No more clicking. Checked all fuses inside and out. some of the larger ones under hood were hard to read but all seemed sound. Turned out new Nappa bat. was stone dead. Replaced thinking our problems were over. Now all lights, fans etc. are bright and strong but no engine sound. Have tapped starter, checked various contacts, etc. The only difference between the successful starts when we were making runs at the slope and when it stopped starting is the last parking was on a pretty severe slope. The oil dip bare shows any oil on tip of stick. Could there be a sensor that prevents startup if oil is too low. What makes this most frustrating is the truck is in a spot that would be hard to tow. Thanks, sagecarp
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Toyota Service replied 1 year ago.

There are no 'sensors' that prohibit the starter motor function based on oil level.

Expert:  Toyota Service replied 1 year ago.

Do you have a means to test voltage (12 volt DC test light or DC voltmeter)?