1995 Toyota 4Runner Q&A
1995 Toyota 4Runner Question: how do i know if my starter is bad?
i recently replace the fan bracket and entire fan. i went to start her up and nothing. turned the key and heard a click. as if the starter was trying to engage but nothing. a quiet sound was coming from it while i was holding the key to crank it. battery good. every once in a while it will start. after driving it for about 20 min and turning it off it will start right back up. wtf? - cmatsu916
The contacts are worn inside of the starter! Best to just replace the starter motor unit! Usually you can keep turning key to start and it will finally crank the engine. - pushrod
Check the battery connections and especially the ground connection at the engine. Usually a bad starter turns cold but has problems when warmed up by the engine. If the ground at the engine is loose or corroded, the heating effect of the engine expands the terminals and hardware enough to make a decent contact. - techpaddle