Let me start off by saying I’m a big fan of the show, not a big enough fan to listen every week but when I find myself in the car and scan by one of your familiar voices I always stop and listen. I drive an '08 V6 Toyota Tacoma. So, here’s my problem. When I start my truck, it runs for a few seconds then it just chugs out, it dies, as if it’s not getting fuel or it can’t breathe. The last time this happened, I heard what sounded to me like air releasing, as if something had sucked a container shut and the air was releasing slowly. This phenomenon typically happens very rarely though, like once every two to three months, it’s just started becoming more regular, about once a week now that I’m driving it to work daily. After it dies it usually dies one or two more times, then either I can pump the gas and get her going after she turns over or it won’t start at all, the starter is turning though, just not firing the motor up. If I get it started it starts and runs fine, no hiccups or issues for another several months. If I can’t get it to run right then and there, I walk away for a few minutes, 5-10 and try again, at which point she fires right up and runs great for several months. What the hell is going on? I called the dealership and the chuckle head I talked to in the service department said he couldn’t even venture a guess as to what might be causing this, said he’s never seen or heard anything like it in the 8+ years he’s been working there and told me I could bring it in but if it didn’t do it there I was pretty much SOL. I politely thanked him for his input and hung up. My truck isn’t throwing any bits, no lights, I just turned over 125,000. I’ve replaced the spark plugs and wires once in that time, I’m hoping a regular old tune up will fix my issue.
Thanks so much for your time,
Jeremiah from OKC