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

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.

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Average mileage: 146,694 (47,000–284,300)
18 model years affected: 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
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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.
2006 Toyota 4Runner47,000
Randomly my 4Runner will not start.lights work just a clicking noise when I turn the key.
Had the 2007 SR5 3 days...bought used but real clean and well taken care of. Starter just clicks when trying to crank. Can start fine with a jump. Battery checks fine. Even a new 800cca battery will not work. Changed starter no fix. Ground is good - suspect the power wire from battery to starter is high resistance but contacts are good. No cross shorting between power/ground. Getting power cable today. Fingers crossed!!!
2006 Toyota 4Runner78,000
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.
1997 Toyota 4Runner175,000
Got in this morning started fine went somewhere tried to leave just turned over but would not start. Tired boosting off still would not start out new battery on still won't start just clicking.
1999 Toyota 4Runner135,130
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.
1994 Toyota 4Runner210,000
When I turn the key, I sometimes get a clicking sound but it doesn't start until after I turn the key a few times.
2003 Toyota 4Runner160,000
Turn key and starter goes tic,tic,tic,tic.
1998 Toyota 4Runner142,000
Car would start sometimes and sometimes not. Then it never started again. I got the starter replaced and it runs good as new!
1998 Toyota 4Runner247,350
Worn solenoid was replaced due to intermittent issues starting vehicle.
2001 Toyota 4Runner198,876
i disconect the battery to change the abs complete sistem when i done i try to turn on bud start good bud not turn on
2000 Toyota 4Runner192,000
4RUNNER won't start on the first, second and sometimes third crank. No clicking, just nothing and then it will start. Thought it might be the ignition, but after reading this I will try the solenoid and see if that works.
1995 Toyota 4Runner170,500
When i turn the car on, it will crank but not turn over. Most days it starts up just fine. Other days it just wont want to start.
2000 Toyota 4Runner100,000
$500 new starter…. Dealer was worthless… insisting it was the battery and refused warranty coverage (aftermarket warranty)
2001 Toyota 4Runner100,000
Vehicle will not start! Horn sounds when trying to start it
does start but sometimes i have to try ignition switch 2-3 times.
2005 Toyota 4Runner97,000
My 2005 Runner didn't start when I turned the key in the on position. However, the lights, radio, air/heat worked fine. I would turn the key and just a silent click. A friend told me to wiggle the key then turn the key and it starts. however my auto start doesn't start and just turning the key doesn't work unless I wiggle it. I am so confused as to what the problem may be.
1997 Toyota 4Runner118,000
Contacts needed to be replaced.
2008 Toyota 4Runner108,500
Out of the blue the Truck would sometimes start but it would take approximately 2 try's at 7 turns each try. Ran great for a week straight no issues, got a full tank of gas last night - this morning before work, truck wouldn't start. Random as hell but glad I found this site, I'll try getting a new solenoid. Fingers crossed!
2000 Toyota 4Runner150,000
Dealer replaced the contacts, I did not need a new starter
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