I have a very unusual issue with my 1993 Toyota 4runner SR5 4CYL 4WD 5 Speed. I have had the car for a very long time, and recently I have had a very strange issue when starting the car and I can't seem to figure it out, so I need some help.
About 2 months ago, the starter gave out. I replaced it with a rebuilt one from Advance Auto. A few weeks later, that starter failed. I returned it to the store and they exchanged it for another rebuilt one. I installed it and it was working just fine.
Now for my issue.
When I turn the key to ACC, all the lights come on, stereo works, headlights turn on. When I turn to START, I hear a "click" from the starter, and the car loses complete power. No headlights, no stereo, no warning buzzer, nothing. When I turn the key back to ACC, nothing comes back on. Then, the whole car stays dead for about thirty minutes, no matter how many times you put the key in and turn it, it stays dead. After about 30 minutes, you can stick the key in and turn it to ACC and everything comes on, but as soon as you turn to start, it goes back out again.
Heres what I know -
- The battery is good. I just tested and replaced it.
- There are no blown fuses. I have checked both panels.
- I attempted to jump the vehicle and still have the same issues
- All the ground straps are secure and not corroded
- No smells when I turn the ignition
- The battery cables are tested and good
- No previous electrical issues in the past.
I am trying to narrow the problem. Could it be the relay in the fuse box? Or the ignition? I just dont understand why the whole car could lose power for 30 minutes and then come back on if it was in issue with the starter. Could anybody point me in the right direction?