1996 Toyota Corolla won't start - battery and starter are fine


Old 01-04-10, 06:58 AM
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1996 Toyota Corolla won't start - battery and starter are fine

Car is a manual trans. Battery and starter are fine. Can roll-start it. When you turn the key you get lights, fan, no clicking, no starting, no nothing.

Did it a few times, turning the key upside down or using a different key would work, but now nothing. Original key is very very worn, but the unworn key doesn't work either. I'm thinking:

ignition switch
clutch switch

Is there an easy way to check these things without spending many $$'s at the mechanic first, and are there other things I should be looking at?

Thanks for any help.
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Get a factory service manual and electrical diagrams manual (order from your dealer) and a multimeter (the right tools for the job), then follow the troubleshooting instructions for the starting system.

The factory wiring diagrams manual is necessary to show you what all is in the starting electrical system, WHERE those components are located (they hide these things ), which harnesses/color wires are used for the starting system, and WHERE those harnesses/connectors are located.

If the wires were not all wrapped and bundled up, then you could simply trace all the wires to see where they go.

You could do this with older 50's and 60's vehicles. But these days it is impossible to trace any wires.

Also some vehicles have security systems and electronics which are a part of the starting system. This would be detailed in the factory manuals. Some factory service manuals for modern vehicles can be 2000 pages long and a 4 book set!
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I would check in the area of the solenoid to make sure the wires are tight. No clicking sounds as if either the solenoid wire is too loose to make any connection or it is totally toast. With the ignition in the start position, check voltage at the solenoid. May take two people to accomplish this.
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