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2009 Toyota RAV4 Question: How do you know when you need to replace the starter?

 

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Thea Smith, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Chicago, IL, January 12, 2014, 19:55
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The tire light has been on; I've had my tires checked and they are fine. However, the car won't start. The lights, radio, heat, etc. comes on without any signs of a problem. When I attempt to start the car it won't turn over, it tries to but when it does the car shakes.

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    pushrod January 12, 2014, 20:54
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    We can only guess at your trouble but you say it turns over, what does that mean? The starter is what turns the engine over, it's called "cranking" the engine. That is all the starter can do! If it will not start then that is another problem altogether. So is it cranking but wont start or is it not cranking (turrning over) at all?? Probably need a mechanic to check it out hands-on.

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    Thea Smith, January 13, 2014, 06:33
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    Thank you very much. It is cranking but won't turn over.

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