If the engine will not crank over, the most common problem is the starter. These will tend to go out at about 100,00-125,000 miles. Sometimes it is only the starter solenoid, but often the complete starter (including solenoid) needs to be replaced.
Engine Won't Crank Due To Starter on Toyota 4Runner
Average mileage: 179,091 (66,700–253,000)
20 people reported this problem
2005 Toyota 4Runner 158,000 mi, Visitor
Starter clicking without cranking engine. Voltage seems fine, new battery, clean contacts on battery cables. Will likely replace starter relay and solenoid contacts, are replace/rebuild starter assembly.
1997 Toyota 4Runner 249,307 mi, Visitor
VEHICLE WON'T CRANK AT ALL
1997 Toyota 4Runner 130,000 mi, Visitor
engine will not turn over to start car
1990 Toyota 4Runner 200,000 mi, Visitor
Had the same problem with my 4runner. Don't replace your starter if you can have it refurbished; it's half the cost of a new one + the original starters are of better quality than new ones and will last way longer and you get one back to new-like condition with all-new solenoids, etc...
2005 Toyota 4Runner 107,000 mi, Visitor
Click, click, click... engine will not turn over. Starter failed/failing.
starter seemed to be frozen, beat the crap out of it with a pole... it hasn't stopped working yet
1996 Toyota 4Runner 141,000 mi, Visitor
The engine will start intermittently but the starter needs to be replaced.
1992 Toyota 4Runner 242,000 mi, Visitor
Hey I just bought this car TODAY and it has issues starting. I was able to start it up twice at the dealership, but I stalled out in my neighborhood and can't get it to start now. At the dealership they said it needs a new starter.
1991 Toyota 4Runner 189,000 mi, Visitor
car won't start won't even turn over just makes this buzzing sound.
1994 Toyota 4Runner 253,000 mi, Visitor
Will not crank starts wen it want new battery starter fine have a faulty spark plug wire but was starting just fine till about two weeks ago
2005 Toyota 4Runner 66,700 mi, Visitor
Intermittent starting. Vehicle would take several times to crank, no clicking sounds at all. Battery, ignition and alternator all okay. Replaced starter because of corroded contacts and corrosion on/in starter.