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

Toyota 4Runner Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 126,331 mi (47,000 mi - 247,350 mi)


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, , 47,000 mi

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

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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, , 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, , 100,000 mi

    $500 new starter…. Dealer was worthless… insisting it was the battery and refused warranty coverage (aftermarket warranty)

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  •  Rookie

    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!!!

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  • 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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  •  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, , 247,350 mi

    Worn solenoid was replaced due to intermittent issues starting vehicle.

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  • Visitor, , 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!

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

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

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