Car Won't Start Due to Worn/Corroded Solenoid Contacts in Starter on Toyota 4Runner

Problem Description and Possible Solution

If the car will not start, the most likely problem is worn or corroded solenoid contacts in the starter. Usually, these parts can be replaced without purchasing a new starter.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 146,687 (47,000–284,300)
18 model years affected: 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
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Same identical problem. Went 2 months after replacing ignition switch as recommended on another site. Worked great for those 2 months then fail to start went for 3 days. Then morning of 4th day of start failure we scheduled to have it towed... it started! Electric fine and all works except no cranking at all. Will work for a few days or weeks then not turn a crank. Then next day fine. Again all other electrical works including dash lights, radio, alarm and lights/wipers. Just wont crank.
Got in this morning started fine went somewhere tried to leave just turned over but would not start. Tired boosting off still would not start out new battery on still won't start just clicking.
Had the 2007 SR5 3 days...bought used but real clean and well taken care of. Starter just clicks when trying to crank. Can start fine with a jump. Battery checks fine. Even a new 800cca battery will not work. Changed starter no fix. Ground is good - suspect the power wire from battery to starter is high resistance but contacts are good. No cross shorting between power/ground. Getting power cable today. Fingers crossed!!!
Only the problem for now; car has been working just fine. Then, when trying to start it this morning: NOTHING. No turn-over, not even a click. Lights all work, so battery seems fine, which likely means the alternator is alright as well. Going to check connections and STA fuse under hood, then likely have to get a new solenoid.
When I turn the key, I sometimes get a clicking sound but it doesn't start until after I turn the key a few times.
My 2005 Runner didn't start when I turned the key in the on position. However, the lights, radio, air/heat worked fine. I would turn the key and just a silent click. A friend told me to wiggle the key then turn the key and it starts. however my auto start doesn't start and just turning the key doesn't work unless I wiggle it. I am so confused as to what the problem may be.
When i turn the car on, it will crank but not turn over. Most days it starts up just fine. Other days it just wont want to start.
The problem started with requiring 2-3 attempts to get the starter to turn over. Clicking sound could be heard, like a dying battery, but the starter would not turn over. The problem got worse and within weeks 3-15 attempts were required before the starter would turn over. Took it to Toyota and was told the solenoid and starter were one unit and the starter needed replacement ... $700.00 solution.
4RUNNER won't start on the first, second and sometimes third crank. No clicking, just nothing and then it will start. Thought it might be the ignition, but after reading this I will try the solenoid and see if that works.
Car would start sometimes and sometimes not. Then it never started again. I got the starter replaced and it runs good as new!
i disconect the battery to change the abs complete sistem when i done i try to turn on bud start good bud not turn on
$500 new starter…. Dealer was worthless… insisting it was the battery and refused warranty coverage (aftermarket warranty)
No cranks no clicks. Took to shop twice and could not reproduce the problem. Will take it to dealership tomorrow
For weeks starts fine then click click click.. nuthin.
Sometimes starts first time sometimes takes many tries...
Think its contacts in starter needs replacing.. cheaper than new starter!!
Turn key and everything works but won't start. And it is making a tic tic tic sound. Also, takes a few attempts to start but now it won't start at all