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

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.

by in Chicago, IL on January 12, 2014
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ANSWER by on January 12, 2014
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.
COMMENT by on January 13, 2014
Thank you very much. It is cranking but won't turn over.
COMMENT by on February 05, 2015
I have a 2011 Rav4 and have the exact same problem. Flat tire light and all. Did you ever find out what was causing the issue?