If the vehicle will not crank over, the most common problem is the starter, which tend to fail at about 100,00-125,000 miles. Sometimes it is only the starter solenoid contacts, but often the complete starter (including solenoid) needs to be replaced.
Engine Won't Crank Due To Starter on Toyota Tercel
Average mileage: 132,500 (110,000–160,000)
16 people reported this problem
I have had 4 Starters since I hit the 110,000 mark and I have only own the car for a year. We can't seem to figure out what is causing the starter to burn up. We have replaced them with new ones each time.
1994 Toyota Tercel 160,000 mi, Visitor
I turn the key and all that happens is a click sound. Starter works sometimes and others it doesn't. I believe it to be the solenoid contacts or relay switch.
1996 Toyota Tercel 127,500 mi, Visitor
Won't turn over..battery tested fine