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Toyota 4Runner Car Won't Start Due to Worn/Corroded Solenoid Contacts in Starter

 
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 133,942 mi (47,000 mi - 247,350 mi)

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If the car will not start, the most likely problem is worn or corroded solenoid contacts in the starter. Usually, these parts can be replaced without purchasing a new starter.

  • Visitor, , 135,130 mi

    The problem started with requiring 2-3 attempts to get the starter to turn over. Clicking sound could be heard, like a dying battery, but the starter would not turn over. The problem got worse and within weeks 3-15 attempts were required before the starter would turn over. Took it to Toyota and was told the solenoid and starter were one unit and the starter needed replacement ... $700.00 solution.

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  • Visitor, , 142,000 mi

    Car would start sometimes and sometimes not. Then it never started again. I got the starter replaced and it runs good as new!

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  • Visitor, , 47,000 mi

    Randomly my 4Runner will not start.lights work just a clicking noise when I turn the key.

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  •  Rookie

    Same identical problem. Went 2 months after replacing ignition switch as recommended on another site. Worked great for those 2 months then fail to start went for 3 days. Then morning of 4th day of start failure we scheduled to have it towed... it started! Electric fine and all works except no cranking at all. Will work for a few days or weeks then not turn a crank. Then next day fine. Again all other electrical works including dash lights, radio, alarm and lights/wipers. Just wont crank.

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    Dealer replaced the contacts, I did not need a new starter

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  • Visitor, , 78,000 mi

    Only the problem for now; car has been working just fine. Then, when trying to start it this morning: NOTHING. No turn-over, not even a click. Lights all work, so battery seems fine, which likely means the alternator is alright as well. Going to check connections and STA fuse under hood, then likely have to get a new solenoid.

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  • Visitor, , 247,350 mi

    Worn solenoid was replaced due to intermittent issues starting vehicle.

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