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Intermittent starting issue
I've been a lurker for some time, began having this starting issue with my Tundra recently. Truck is a 2004 Double Cab SR5 V8 4WD. It goes like this:
sometimes, without apparent cause, I'll get in the Tundra and go to start it. I'll turn the key to accessory power, get lights, chimes, etc. Turn key to "on", all good still. Turn the key to actually start the truck, and lose all power with one little click. After that I can remove the key, reinsert, hit any number of buttons in the cab, even the keyless entry remote doesn't revive it. Only disconnecting and reconnecting the positive terminal of the battery fixes it.
Sometimes the issue will repeat one or two additional times before I can successfully start the truck. Usually I'll only have one episode of this per day, often won't happen for days or weeks after. I've checked terminals on the battery, cables appear to be good as is the connection at the starter.