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Hey guys, new to the FJ from an F150. I'm used to turning the key in my truck just once and the engine cranks until it turns over whereas in the FJ I've had a few time where I turn the key and let go assuming it will crank until it turns over but instead it just stops.

Is this normal behavior? I'm assuming that I just have to turn the key until the FJ turns over where the F150 just has a computer do it and I don't have to continue turning the key.

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You have to hold the key until the motor fires if that's what you mean? Never had a vehicle that you do anything else with so that's normal to me?
Yes, that's what I'm asking! My F150 allowed my to turn the key to the start position and let off and the engine would crank until it fires so I've failed to start the FJ a few times just due to muscle memory Just making sure that was normal

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That’s normal. Another thing that takes a little to get used are the auto lights. Although not advertised or marked, FJ lights will turn off automatically after a short period of time once the vehicle is turned off.
My GX has the auto start, bump start or whatever it’s called. Basically bump the ignition and it will start on its own. Took me awhile to get used to that so I understand why the opposite would take a bit to reprogram your brain!!
 

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That’s normal. Another thing that takes a little to get used are the auto lights. Although not advertised or marked, FJ lights will turn off automatically after a short period of time once the vehicle is turned off.
My GX has the auto start, bump start or whatever it’s called. Basically bump the ignition and it will start on its own. Took me awhile to get used to that so I understand why the opposite would take a bit to reprogram your brain!!
Ok, thanks for that! Im over anylyzing every single sound I hear that's different from my old truck just assuming it's bad. I don't know why, considering that (I've heard) these 1GR-FEs are pretty bulletproof.

Thanks for putting me at ease.

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Ok, thanks for that! Im over anylyzing every single sound I hear that's different from my old truck just assuming it's bad. I don't know why, considering that (I've heard) these 1GR-FEs are pretty bulletproof.

Thanks for putting me at ease.

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Yes, the 1GR-FE is a solid motor used in the Taco, 4Runner and they will run almost forever as long as you do the routine maintenance. Most failures with the FJ are common w/ 4WD components. The occasional CV, or balljoint. Alternators at over 100K... nothing really major just wearable items.
 

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I've been informed that the ECU requires the starter to cycle the engine to lubricate the cylinders before the ignition sequence initiates. Toyota determined the slower rotation of the electric starter could pump oil to coat the cylinders and result in less long term ware than engines that fired immediately.

When your engine sits overnight, oil drips back into the reservoir inside the oil pan. A squirt of oil to each cylinder on the first cycle before ignition occurring on the next cycle is a good design IMO.
 

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Nope. Should crank. Sounds weird. Im 11 years 250k on 2 FJs. I am weird. I turn the key. Then listen for the cpu clicking and whirring to stop then crank. Takes like 8? Seconds. I also wont push the accelerator for a full 60 seconds after crank. Yeah. Yeah. Old helo test pilot. Crank a helo you also have to leave at idle for a full minute before running engines up to fly. 100% so. Not alot of help. Think you need to do some troubleshooting. Before it leaves you stranded
 

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Has mine since 09. 118k on the odo. It has always taken longer to crank than any other vehicle I've had. It's just something I got used to, and never been a problem.
 

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Yeah I too have "let off the key" too soon. I hate when that happens.

It usually does 5-7 quick cranks before starting.
 

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Nope. Should crank. Sounds weird. Im 11 years 250k on 2 FJs. I am weird. I turn the key. Then listen for the cpu clicking and whirring to stop then crank. Takes like 8? Seconds. I also wont push the accelerator for a full 60 seconds after crank. Yeah. Yeah. Old helo test pilot. Crank a helo you also have to leave at idle for a full minute before running engines up to fly. 100% so. Not alot of help. Think you need to do some troubleshooting. Before it leaves you stranded
Hey Bill,

I also wait for the system to prime before firing up, and let it idle for 60 seconds to circulate the fluids. While I have never actually flown a helo, I love accurate PC simulations (DCS Huey UH-1H), and part of the manual startup is to allow time for idle to verify manifold pressure, oil, etc. Thank you for your input!
 

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Yep... the FJ's crank a few times more than any domestic truck I've had. My old rusted out chevy would fire up with what seemed like half a crank :lol:
 

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Welcome! :)
 
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