Corolla suddenly not starting, need diagnostic advice

Asked by Sep 08, 2015 at 06:27 PM about the 2010 Toyota Corolla S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Battery is less than a year old.  Put battery on charger, chargers says
battery is 100%, multi-meter shows 12+ volts too.  Interior lights come on
when door is open, horn works, radio will come on in accessory mode.  
When I turn the ignition on (not all of the way to start, just to ignition
position) dash lights come on for a second then go dark.  Whole electrical
system seems to die.  If I wait a couple of minutes, interior lights, horn, etc
start working again.  If I try to crank engine, same symptom, I do not hear
starter click at all.  Are there any basic things I can check before going to a
mechanic?

2 Answers

19,705

chech all the battery cables and the ground to engine/frame and motor...

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Just wanted to follow up here. With my multi-meter I measured 6.5 ohms from negative terminal on battery to the alternator. Took off the battery/chassis and chassis/engine ground cables and polished the terminal ends with a dremel w/wire brush attachment. Polished chassis and engine where cables attach. After, measured only 0.1 ohms. Car turned right over and started. I was thinking this was a major problem way over my head to fix. Thank you Kelly!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Toyota Corolla Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Toyota Corolla Experts

#1 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 15,800
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,180
#3 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,790
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
1,200 Great Deals out of 93,148 listings starting at $700
Used Honda Civic
938 Great Deals out of 68,324 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord
1,082 Great Deals out of 76,813 listings starting at $1,395
Used Toyota RAV4
822 Great Deals out of 53,147 listings starting at $2,199
Used Nissan Altima
1,067 Great Deals out of 82,297 listings starting at $1,900
Used Nissan Sentra
613 Great Deals out of 51,594 listings starting at $2,250
Used Toyota Tacoma
712 Great Deals out of 32,123 listings starting at $2,000
Used Hyundai Elantra
660 Great Deals out of 52,255 listings starting at $895
Used Toyota Prius
376 Great Deals out of 22,757 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda CR-V
910 Great Deals out of 66,873 listings starting at $1,995
Used Mazda MAZDA3
397 Great Deals out of 27,739 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Yaris
97 Great Deals out of 11,512 listings starting at $1,846
Used Ford Focus
965 Great Deals out of 59,073 listings starting at $1,395
Used Toyota 4Runner
340 Great Deals out of 20,327 listings starting at $1,250
Used Hyundai Sonata
792 Great Deals out of 48,667 listings starting at $700

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Toyota Corolla S For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 493 listings starting at $12,995
2015 Toyota Corolla S For Sale
31 Great Deals out of 928 listings starting at $10,299
2014 Toyota Corolla S For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 900 listings starting at $9,988
2013 Toyota Corolla S For Sale
46 Great Deals out of 660 listings starting at $7,489