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Default 1988 Toyota Celica - Power Problem.

Hi guys,

Having a bit of dilemma with power. It is a very random problem and happens maybe twice a week. Ill drive to work and back, then when I get home I turn the car off. Get back in it 5 minutes later and when I try turn over the car there is no crank or anything. Completely dead. The only dash lights that come up are the door open lights, but all the other lights are off. There is also now power for the central locking when I press it on the door of the drive side, so I have to lock it manually. The headlights do turn on, but nothing else. So what I do is undo the terminal on the battery wait a while and and put it back on and it works sometimes it doesn't. Could this be a faulty ignition module? bcm (body control module)? Earthing wire (checked seems to be fine and not touching body work? Also the it is not the alternator because the car or battery are not loosing charge...

Any help of things I can do to eliminate what this problem is would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Justin.

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Update: When I turn the key I have accessories but when I turn it to start nothing. Because this problem only happens sometimes, someone said it would be the solenoid behind the barrel or something? Has anyone ever heard of this?
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How old is your battery, it may need to be changed.
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I know, this answer is probably too late for you, Justin, but I had the same problem for quite a long while with 1987 celica GT. The car would drive somewhere with no problem but, ten minutes later, it would not start. No crank, nothing at all. The car was dead. I changed the battery several times and it would get better but soon it would recur. I changed the starter with no effect. I was about to change the neutral safety switch when a smart mechanic spotted the problem. The car doors sagged ever so slightly over the years and would spontaneously lose contact with the "door closed" system. In effect, the doors would register as "open" and kept draining power intermittently. The guy fixed the doors and the problem disappeared. God bless him. This is 15 years later and the car still drives fine. There was a problem with fuel pump for a short while also but that is another story. I hope this helps at least some of my fellow Celica enthusiasts.
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Thanks for the help Ashley . . .
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Great help . .
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Nice post. . .
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Great information. .
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