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Engine Won't Crank Due To Starter on Toyota Camry

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 140,843 (4,000–340,000)
13 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2014
38 people reported this problem
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My starter is bad but pay day in 2 days how to start car with bad starter
Car wont' start and did not make any sound when the key is turned to crank. Asked someone to help turn the key to start the car while I hit the starter lightly with a hammer: it started right there.
starter clicks but wont turn over.
Engine would not start but could still see flickering of lights on dashboard. When changed battery still did not start. I then learned I can hit the solenoid with the plastic end of a screwdriver about 10 times and this will actually get the car to start. This lasted about 6 months with intermittent issues before replaced the starter altogether
Clicks when I turn key.
auto starter issue? - car tries to start several times does not turnover and hear rubbing sound then stops.
Car will not crank if you start immediately after stopping or if you have left AC system on for sometime. Battery check is Ok,and you hear a small electric sound with no cranking effort, when you try to swith on ignition. Somehow after a 30 minute break it starts perfectly . Strange as I feelnow cranking is unrelaible which is a serious issue
Key will not turn in ignition I took it to the Toyota Dealer and they said there was some debris they said it was fixed but I had a problem with it again 12-5-14, it took me 10 minutes to start my car, that sucks.
Car would not start when ignition key in start position. Just several clicking sounds and after several
tries the engine would start. The frequency of the clicking sounds varied. Suspected bad starter.
Car towed to Checkered Flag Toyota and they confirmed bad starter and replaced it for a total of
$150 for starter and $105.95 labor
In the mornings my car takes about 4-5 seconds to turn over. But when its running hot because I've been using it throughout the day it takes about 6-8 seconds. I'm not sure what the problem is but I'm assuming it's my starter. It also makes a rattling noise when I try to start it after I've used it but it still turns over. Please help!
The car needed a new starter
starter motor doesn't turn. Car runs fine w/key in on position with a push-start. Gotta be starter or solenoid or associated relay. I hope
I have same problem
Clicks when I try to start it, catches clicks about 7 times maybe start. When it doesn't start , had to hit the selenoid switch with screwdriver 10 times then it starts.