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Isuzu Trooper Start Problems

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  • Hey hows it going, i haave the EXZACT same problem with mine... i got a 94 trooper, automatic transmission. and one day i goto start it up and nothing, no sound coming from the starter whatsoever just silence, not evena click. but the thing is i had full battery power, i even tried to boost it and still nothing. I was just wondering if you fixed the problem and if you did what is it cuz its driving me crazy. i figure its just the starter finally bit the dust and time for a new one. i just want to be positive before i buy a new one just in case I can fix it for free. anyone have any idea what it is????
  • Yes it did end up being the starter also. We checked cables, battery, even an igntion relay. The stater bench tested ok but in the end we had to put a new one on. I think under a load it could not turn the engine. Good luck it's a tough one to get off. Hope this helps.
  • where is the starter located, passenger or driver side... do you know of any diagrams? also does anything have to be removed before taking a look at it. I live in Canada and its already sstarted snowing so there hasnt been a good day to take a look at it, prolly this weekend. any tips??
  • atfdmikeatfdmike Posts: 414
    Starter is on driver side, accessible from beneath....can be removed without loosening exhaust ...........if you do a forum search in Trooper you should find directions. Good luck.
  • hey thanks buddy... replaced the starter today and that was exzactly it, starts up without any problems now, im glad i got that taken care of. thanks for the help
  • atfdmikeatfdmike Posts: 414
    Glad you were able to do it. Hope to see you around the forum....great place to get advice and share it too.
  • Hi all,
    I have a 99 trooper and i'm having problems with the starter, initially I drove the trooper to a store locally and when I attempted to restart the vehicle it made no noise what so ever. The dash lights came on and blinked when the key was engaging the starter, the headlights appeared strong. I towed the trooper home and after some investigating took the battery out to have it bench tested at autozone. The result was a bad battery, I bought a new battery, but again no noise from the starter, but the dash lights stayed on durning the process. I then checked the relay under the hood, in the fuse box, as heard a clicking while engaging the starter, but still no noise from the starter. I then removed the starter, took it down to autozone and had it bench tested. It passed all tests so now i am at a loss, I thought maybe it couldn't work under load but i hear nothing from the starter to even get under a load. If any one has a suggestion please let me know
  • We had the same exact problem. My son has a 99 trooper in alaska. We had the battery tested/OK. Took starter off test OK. Put an ignition relay on still no start. Finally we put new cables on and a stater. I think the bench test we did checked ok because it wasn;t under load. But maybe the cables were bad too. I was not there or I would of changed cables first but between the stater and the cables it started. His 99 Trooper had over 120,000 miles and like I said they are in Alaska. Hope this helps. Butch
  • bkressbkress Posts: 1
    I OWN TWO 94 TROOPERS,ONE IS A 5 SPEED ONE A AUTOMATIC.I JUST PUT TWO NEW STARTERS IN BOTH.THE 5 SPEED WAS UNDER WARRANTY,THE STARTER COST ME$120.00 2YR WARRANTY.THE AUTO COST ME $109.00 AT CHECKER FULL LIFETIME WARRANTY. BOTH STARTERS KIND OF A PAIN TO PUT IN,I HAD HELP.WE HAD TO TAKE OFF A CROSS MEMBER ON BOTH,AND A HEAT SHIELD ON THE AUTO,THERE ARE TWO CYLINDER SHIMS THAT FIT IN THE BOLT HOLES ON THE STARTER.THE STARTER IN THE AUTO GAVE US THE MOST PROBLEMS.WHEN WE PUT IT IN ,WE DIDN'T GET A GOOD FIT,AND THE SHIMS BENT,CAUSING US TO GET ANOTHER STARTER,THAT WENT IN FINE,YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU TAKE IT OUT IF THE SHIMS STAY IN THE HOLES THAT GO INTO THE MOTOR PS WE HAD TO JACK UP THE CAR TO GET IT OUT GOOD LUCK SHOP AROUND IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO IT YOURSELF
  • I've been having a similar problem, with the cold AM start becoming more difficult as winter has progressed. Didn't think it was the starter because mine was replaced less than a year ago. The hard start got better during the day the more I started my vehicle . No check engine lights came on. However, took it to the dealer and they said it is the starter. I'm taking it back to the garage that put the original starter in as they will replace it for free. I'll let you know if the problem goes away with this fix.
  • Well, it isn't the starter. The mechanic tested the starter and it checked out fine. He replaced it, anyway, as it was under warranty. The mechanic suggested a cracked or loose fly wheel or loose torque converter bolts. At this point, I'm not sure what to think. The noise it makes upon starting is as if something is slipping, then catches. I had my serpentine belt replaced recently... :confuse:

    Sorry. I know this doesn't help you. Good luck with your problems.
  • tjm55tjm55 Posts: 3
    Any advise on changing the starter on a 2002 Isuzu Trooper V6? It looks like the exhaust may need to be removed. One mechanic I talked with said they cut the exhaust and re-weld it... that sounds like something that could just create more problems.
  • atfdmikeatfdmike Posts: 414
    Hi, I have never heard of a reputable mechanic cutting a section out of any exhaust to change a starter, although I could imagine it being done. Usually they break the manifold bolts and you have to pay for them to repair them on top of the starter repairs.
    As to your particular model, I know because I have done it on my older model that you can get the starter out without removing any exhaust even though the service manual says to remove it.
    I got the tip from another owner that you drop the starter, remove the wires, then turn the steering all the way to the right and lock them in that position (turn off key). Remove the axle vent tube by carefully twisting it and pulling up until it comes out. Once that is done, unhook the lower wiring harness from the clips and rotate the starter to put the solenoid in a better position and pass it forward, moving the harness out of the way to do so. You may have to bend some of the thin bracket to allow the starter to clear, but it is pretty obvious once you are down there doing it. Once it is clear of the harness, turn the starter so that it is parallel to the steering drag link and it will drop down through and it is out! Reverse the process to reinstall.
    It does work because I have done it....twice. It is a little tricky getting it past the wiring, and I know that others have done it, including one guy who paid to have it done and found out that the dealer had done it as I describe but still charged the service manual rate.
    I cannot say for sure on your newer Trooper, but the engine and starter are virtually the same so I don't see why not.
    Good luck.
  • i took my starter out twice, because it benchtested ok and i thought i might have a switch problem, then after reinstalling it I tested the connections and it was in fact the starter. It looks a lot harder than it is, basically I removed the cross member(4 bolts, then the heat shield(2 bolts), then removed the exhaust pipe from the header (3 bolts) disconnect the O2 sensors, remove 4 bolts at the rear of the exhaust, backed the exhaust a few inches and remove 2 bolts holding the starter in place. then disconnect 1 wire and unplug 1 wire and it falls out. It took me about 30 min to remove it and another 30 to reinstall. One word of caution, its easy to cross thread the header bolts on the reinstall, but everything else is relatively easy. Good luck
  • tjm55tjm55 Posts: 3
    Great advise.

    The cutting and welding of the exhaust seemed pretty extreme.

    Thanks
  • tjm55tjm55 Posts: 3
    I'm going to tackle it over the weekend.
    Thanks for your help.

    It always makes me wonder who engineers these things to make it so difficult to get to things.

    I have an old 1987 Trooper that I had to change the water pump on, I had to pull most of the front of the motor apart.
  • rsh415rsh415 Posts: 1
    Hi I just had my starter replaced on my 99 Isuzu Trooper. The mechanic said I also needed a linkage fuse replaced. The problem is now when the truck excellerates when it shifts into gear theres a knock or thud in the truck. Also when the truck slows down from say 20mph to 10mph the same thud, like the gears are engaing to hard. Does this linkage fuse that was replaced have something to do know with the truck banging into gear hard when it speeds up or slows down? Does this linkage fuse have to be calibrated somewhere on the truck? Any information would be helpful...Thanks.
  • atfdmikeatfdmike Posts: 414
    Hi and welcome to the forum.
    I took a quick look at
    www.myisuzuparts.com
    to see if I could find an inline fusible link for your vehicle. That site is a great site and is free, so check it out.
    I did not see any fusible link in the starter area, but I don't have your year so I am not familiar with your harness.
    You should ask the mechanic exactly which link he replaced....you paid him so he should be able to tell you how he knew to replace it. Isuzu put all the links I am aware of in the underhood fuse box, so it is interesting to hear there is one inline.
    Let us know what you find out, and you may get some more replys.
    One guys opinion, Good luck.
  • fmtwofmtwo Posts: 1
    have the same truck and had hard shifting problems too. chec the transfer case fluid level and lube the rear driveshaft and u-joints and see what happens. as for the fuseible link your tech is saying needs to be replaced my information doesn't show that as a problem. :mad:
  • Hello :) I have a 99 Isuzu Trooper that is giving me a hard time. I just bought the car... and it was doing GREAT. Now it will start fine at times, then it will start and shut off, and other times it will hesitate to start (act like it doesn't want to crank, hard time turning over) but starts. Once it starts no noises or anything coming from the car and no check engine lights come on. Any suggestions on how to fix??? Is it the starter, fuel pump. I also have a 93 trooper and it has never done this totally confused. Thanks for your help. :cry:
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