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Old 07-14-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: San Antonio , TX
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dangit, sat 4pm , too late to find open shop to get it fixed , plus working like 10hrs first shift
wont be able to fix it till friday (my day off)
soo nothing till friday, until then .......lot of recreational activities like jogging, walking , riding bus, bike...
the good thing is that my work is 1 mile away from my apt

but to the problem

98 toy corolla
155k

wont start, some rattling noise(like takatakataka..) when key is turned (mild, not too noisy ) , lights work and all audio and panel lights (I guess battery is ok)
I have changed few starters before, so it's not that sound

any ideas ?


Oh , and while holding the key turned all the way , it keep producing the same sound continuously
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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wont start, some rattling noise(like takatakataka..)
lights work and all audio and panel lights (I guess battery is ok)
I have changed few starters before, so it's not that sound
any ideas ?
don't assume the battery is good
you might be amazed to learn how often a weak battery is the underlying culprit

If you can do it (buddy with tools and car?)...
pull the battery and take it for a test (usually free anywhere that sells batteries)
Walmart or any parts store is as good as any other place for this

hth
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Mass
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Have you ever replaced the timing belt since you have owned it?

Last edited by bobrainman; 07-14-2012 at 04:34 PM..
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio , TX
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don't assume the battery is good
you might be amazed to learn how often a weak battery is the underlying culprit

If you can do it (buddy with tools and car?)...
pull the battery and take it for a test (usually free anywhere that sells batteries)
Walmart or any parts store is as good as any other place for this

hth
will look into that
would giving a car a jump start it up in that case ?
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Have you ever replaced the timing belt?
yes some time ago , not too long ago but not recent neither
is that symptom for the bad timing belt , the sound ?
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:39 PM
 
Location: FL
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Have you ever replaced the timing belt since you have owned it?
Could very well be that (hope not for the Op's sake). I just went through that and when the shop said $350, I said have at, knock yourself out, im staying clean in the AC.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: FL
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will look into that
would giving a car a jump start it up in that case ?


yes some time ago , not too long ago but not recent neither
is that symptom for the bad timing belt , the sound ?
If it jumped time (bad belt) all the spark in the world won't help. On my Ford it's recommended every 60k.
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio , TX
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after some googling turns out 98 corollas got timing chain not belt
the belt that I replaced some time ago was serpentine belt
I just checked it out , it looks very good
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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Sounds like battery. There is enough power to run radios, etc but not enough to start the car.
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:33 PM
 
Location: FL
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I'd check and clean connections at battery and starter. You should have a cheap multimeter always on hand to check voltage. 12.4 would be ideal, but Ithink 11.5 or so is enough to start it. is it FWD? I don't know if FWD's have a flywheel, but if so you could take the starter out and run a pair of cables off a good battery and see if the starwheel is coming out. While you have it out take it to the parts store and have them test it also.
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:49 PM
 
Location: San Antonio , TX
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I have just checked my car repair records, which go back only 3yrs and I dont see battery change on it.
so the last time I changed battery .............well it's been long time ago
plus I live in hot climate now TX and ac runs all the time and using power windows every day multiple times (all 4)
back north use only drivers window on drive-thru

again, it could be that , but will know for sure sometimes next week or maybe tomorrow

thanks everybody
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