Here are some possible diagnoses why your engine won’t start but has power.
Battery and Associated Cables
It is possible the battery is weak and causes the engine not to turn.
However, if you turn on all the lights and blast all the fans and still having trouble turning the engine, then it’s most likely not the battery. Charge the battery and try again.
If charging the battery doesn’t help, its most likely not a battery or cable problem. If the battery is weak, the starter will still engage but very weak or slow. If the battery is really bad, you might hear the click, click, click, click, click sound.
This is also a possibility, especially someone else drive your car.
This is very common if you lend your car to someone. The symptom of this condition is “No noise or sound at all” when ignition key is turned. If this is faulty, the symptom will be the complete ignition kill. Therefore, you will not heard and clicking sound or engine turning at all.
If this is the problem, you can easily reset the Anti-Deterrent by using your key. Stand out side of the car and close all doors. Insert the key into the driver side door and turn the key to clockwise and counterclockwise for three four cycles.
Basically, you lock, unlock for 4 times and this procedure will reset the anti-deterrent ECU. If this happen to you, it’s quite scary at first, but the solution is very simple.
Faulty Starter Relay
The easiest way to find out if the starter relay is bad is to open up the engine bay fuse box. You can use a flat screwdriver and take out the cover.
Have a friend try to start the car for you. If you hear a click sound right at the starter relay (Green Color Square Type Relay) then the relay is good.
Second thing you can do is to borrow a starter relay from a friend. If the working relay installed and the engine still not turning, then its not faulty relay.
Believe it or not, the transmission shifter plays a role in starting your car too. As your car ages, the transmission shifter linkage doesn’t give good contact to the starting system and your engine will not turn or click at all.
Here some signs of this problem.
- No P (park) or N (Neutral) indicator light while key on. Even with P & N indicator lights come on but that still doesn’t it has good contact.
- When you turn on the key, you should not hear anything at all. No turning or clicking at all.
To test this out, the best way is to push forward on the shifter until you see P while trying to start the car. Or you can turn the key into on position and hold it there while pushing on the transmission shifter.
Remember this is a very common problem with older cars.
Bypass Starter Circuit
There are many reasons why the engine won’t turn. It is possible the circuitry might be faulty.
However, you can test your starter without taking it out. You can bypass the circuitry and use a positive (+) into the fuse box. Here are the procedures:
- Open up the fuse box with a flat screwdriver. The fuse box is located near the battery.
2. Use a 10 mm socket and loose the fuse/relay module.
3. From there you need to use the same 10 mm socket and loose the plug.
3. Once the plug is out, look for a large black wire right under the Green Relay (Starter Relay) See starter diagram below.
4. Supply the black wire with a power source. Please be careful do not touch this hot wire to anywhere else.
When you supply power to the black (a large black wire right under the green relay) wire, you are pretty much bypassing ECU, relay and connectors. If your starter is good, it should turn. Then the problem might be somewhere before the wire or the starter.
If it doesn’t turn, then the starter is almost 100% faulty.You might hear a click sound but doesn’t turn. This means the starter is engaging into the flexplate, but not turning. You might hear only one click sound and that is it.
If bypassing didn’t cause the starter to turn, then it’s time to spend the money and time to replace the starter.I believe this is the easiest way to find out if the starter is bad or not without taking the starter out.
Faulty starter is rare, but due to the aging process, its very common problem for the first generation 1UZFE cars. This article is intended to rule out starter problem. It’s much easier to change other parts associated with starter, than changing the starter itself.
The opposite side of the bypass plug is the back wire as marked in the picture.