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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Toyota 4Runner Car Won't Start Due to Worn/Corroded Solenoid Contacts in Starter
Toyota 4Runner Problem
Average Mileage: 126,331 mi (47,000 mi - 247,350 mi)
Visitor, 2006 Toyota 4Runner, 47,000 mi
Randomly my 4Runner will not start.lights work just a clicking noise when I turn the key.
Visitor, 1998 Toyota 4Runner, 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!
Visitor, 2006 Toyota 4Runner, 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.
Visitor, 2000 Toyota 4Runner, 100,000 mi
$500 new starter…. Dealer was worthless… insisting it was the battery and refused warranty coverage (aftermarket warranty)
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!!!
Visitor, 1999 Toyota 4Runner, 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.
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.
Visitor, 1998 Toyota 4Runner, 247,350 mi
Worn solenoid was replaced due to intermittent issues starting vehicle.
Visitor, 2008 Toyota 4Runner, 108,500 mi
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!
Visitor, 2000 Toyota 4Runner, 150,000 mi
Dealer replaced the contacts, I did not need a new starter