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Old 01-13-2009, 08:45 AM
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I have had the starter contact parts in my 80 for about 3 years. This morning, of all mornings, the 80 decided not to start. But I was able to pull back that flap in the wheel well and tap the starter with the end of an axe handle, after which she fired right up. Was kind of nice to actually use that little piece of advice, one that I have given so many others in the past but until today never got to use it personally.

This is the first time the truck would not start. Before, I have gotten a 1-2 second delay when turning the key, but then it would always start afterwards. Anyone want to wager a guess on how many more starts I have? It's cold out, and my knuckles hurt just thinking about going in there this weekend...
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:13 AM
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I'd offer up some garage space but I don't think your truck would fit through the door.
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Unless its over 8 1/2 feet tall it will fit in my place. Nice & warm, air tools, mmmhhhmmmm...........
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Tim, I have new OEM contacts and plunger in an FJ60 starter I rebuilt. The starter was shot, so I ended up buying a whole new unit but the new contacts and plunger are still in the old one. I think I heard these are the same as an 80 (?)

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Tim,
Check the amperage draw of your starter. Contacts shouldn't have died that quick. A Toyo reman might be your answer!
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:54 AM
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It's got to be the contacts, 160,500 miles on the original ones. I've already got the parts, and the plunger, just need to pop them in. This "problem" started 3+ years ago, usually I just turn the key another time and it would start. Today was the first day I had to tap the starter to get it to live again. I'll be driving to pick up a new machine at lunch, so will have a couple more starting opportunities this afternoon... I'm almost positive it will start without issue, the starter just happened to land on the bad spot last night.
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It's a cool trick. I was so used to doing it on the old rover I had that the starter started to look like a beat up old tin can from all the beatings it got!
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Thanks. And in post 1 you'll see that the contacts had already been replaced. I can't see anyone arguing replacing starter contacts at 160K miles is premature, right? But I will clean up that connector while I'm in there.

Ken, any more problems with Sarah's 80 starting?
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Thanks. And in post 1 you'll see that the contacts had already been replaced. I can't see anyone arguing replacing starter contacts at 160K miles is premature, right? But I will clean up that connector while I'm in there.

Ken, any more problems with Sarah's 80 starting?
I would replace the contacts...not worth the burn the rig to the ground issue. Romer replaced the contacts in Sarah's truck and then found the neutral safety switch was causing an intermittent no start that was temporarily resolved by smacking the starter.
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