Engine Won't Crank Due To Starter on Toyota 4Runner

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.

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Average mileage: 165,070 (66,700–249,307)
9 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005
19 people reported this problem
8 people shared problem details
starter seemed to be frozen, beat the crap out of it with a pole... it hasn't stopped working yet
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2005 Toyota 4Runner158,000
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.
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1990 Toyota 4Runner200,000
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...
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1997 Toyota 4Runner130,000
engine will not turn over to start car
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2005 Toyota 4Runner107,000
Click, click, click... engine will not turn over. Starter failed/failing.
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1996 Toyota 4Runner141,000
The engine will start intermittently but the starter needs to be replaced.
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1997 Toyota 4Runner249,307
VEHICLE WON'T CRANK AT ALL
2005 Toyota 4Runner66,700
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.
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