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My Tundra Won't Start, My Record Broken

2011 Tundra 5.7L Platinum CM 4X4, 55k one owner miles, immaculate. Pulled into the hotel tonight where it sat for an hour, then we went to leave and it cranks over but won't fire. Spins like mad and I can get a single cylinder cough or two every now and then, but nada, zip, zilch. It has a half tank of gas. I let it cool down for 3 hours and no change.

One weird thing...the key seems to stick in the start position every couple of tries and the starter seems to be staying engaged unless I key it back off. I wonder if its doing that because it doesn't release until it actually starts, or if its a new an contributing factor.

So my record is about to be broken...this is my tenth Toyota and not one time have I ever had to be towed in. Bad news is I am traveling and have no ability to do any troubleshooting.

Has anyone experienced this?

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I know this sounds retarded, but its what I'd do...disconnect the battery for a few minutes to reset everything, then try again. Aside from that, I got nuthin.

If not that, maybe fuel pump. Check fuses, I dunno.
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I had something similar once but it was due to loose terminal wire on the battery... have any corrosion on your battery terminal that might be causing a bad connection ? Giggle them or tighten them if there loose ?


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If its turning over strong then it's not the battery. I had a loose terminal once and it would go completely dead, not even an interior light.

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First step was to disconnect battery, reconnect and check clamps. All good. Checked every fuse related to fuel and ignition. No luck. It almost has to be fuel pump/circuit related. Weird-a** igntition key behavior is puzzling though.
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Try pushing down the gas pedal when cranking it ? Wont fix the problem but might get it started...


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Try pushing down the gas pedal when cranking it ? Wont fix the problem but might get it started...
Tried that, no effect.
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Same exact issue this guy had....

http://www.tundratalk.net/forums/tun...ont-start.html

Turned out to be two wires in the bundle to the firewall were grounding the truck out.

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On our trucks, I'm pretty sure once you move the key forward to start, you can release it, but it will continue cranking....a cool feature kinda like our tailgates, open it and let it go
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On our trucks, I'm pretty sure once you move the key forward to start, you can release it, but it will continue cranking....a cool feature kinda like our tailgates, open it and let it go
Yep and that's how I start it. But the starter seems to be staying engaged, which I assume is because its waiting to start before releasing. I thought the key was sticking in the start position but its not, just the starter continuing to spin.

If I have wire chaffing at 55k highway miles, it might be Raptor time.
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Could be immobilizer chip not being seen or the circuit for it. Try flipping the key odd but heard its worked for some folks before. Also look at the dash were the little Key is that shows immobilizer is working but do it before inserting key in the ignition and look again when key is in ignition it should change states fro9m flashing to solid if memory serves me right. If your not seeing a change the key is not being seen by the immobilizer circuit. This maybe why the truck cranks and not actually fire. Just another idea. I would say try your second key but since your traveling you may not have it with you.

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Could be immobilizer chip not being seen or the circuit for it. Try flipping the key odd but heard its worked for some folks before. Also look at the dash were the little Key is that shows immobilizer is working but do it before inserting key in the ignition and look again when key is in ignition it should change states fro9m flashing to solid if memory serves me right. If your not seeing a change the key is not being seen by the immobilizer circuit. This maybe why the truck cranks and not actually fire. Just another idea. I would say try your second key but since your traveling you may not have it with you.
This. The use of a non-paired key will cause the starter to turn forever until you turn the key off.

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You didn't just have an autostart installed did you?
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If you have remote start...did it work?

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