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.
Car Problem Reports
Toyota Corolla Vehicle Won't Crank Due To Starter
Toyota Corolla Problem
Average Mileage: 142,153 mi (70,000 mi - 250,000 mi)
Visitor, 1997 Toyota Corolla, 172,900 mi
At times the car would not start it would just make a clicking sound. So I would move the automatic shifter down from park and back up to park to make sure it was in park all the way, and then it started one time but not another time when it did it again. So when it did it again, this time I tried to jiggle the steering column and a few other things, I'm not sure which one worked that time, but it did start. Another time when it wouldn't, I put the shifter in neutral, and it started, that is what seems to work every time.
Visitor, 1997 Toyota Corolla, 127,000 mi
Battery popwer turns everything on, but car wont crank, it wont do anything mech.
Visitor, 1994 Toyota Corolla, 187,000 mi
starter and solenoid problem. crank ignition and hear a clicking sound. been replaced and repaired before.
key turns, loud clicking commences, lights and radio work, changed out battery free 2 yr replacement at walmart lord bless the man who convinced me to go for the warranty, replaced terminal connnectors and wires. as these were worn and tired.had friend who retired from auto shop look and listen confirmed starter. 99.999 and 47 core at auto zone. lots of homecooking bartered for repairs.
Visitor, 2003 Toyota Corolla, 250,000 mi
I replaced the battery spark plugs and air filter and now getting ready to replace the starter not exactly sure what it is but according to my research I'm 75% sure it's the starter. Wish me luck :)
Visitor, 1997 Toyota Corolla, 90,000 mi
My vehicle began having trouble starting and I took it to the mechanics. They fixed it for around $300.
Visitor, 1997 Toyota Corolla, 112,000 mi
Starter began to malfunction, leading to abrupt clicking noises and having to turn the ignition multiple times to get the car going. Just had to have the whole thing replaced, plus it messed up my ignition to the point where I had to get a locksmith to fix that function as well.
Starter starts most of the time but sometimes I turn on the ignition and just hear a click. The battery is good. Had the starter replaced. Now works fine. Paid $230 for parts and labor.