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Toyota Corolla Vehicle Won't Crank Due To Starter

Toyota Corolla Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003

Average Mileage: 139,825 mi (40,000 mi - 280,000 mi)


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.

  • , , 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.

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  • , , 80,000 mi

    Car will not start, isolated problem to starter solenoid. It's an easy fix

    Fix and description
    Checked starter found solenoid on the starter had burnt a contact and what I will call the armature washer. When the solenoid activates the washer makes the connection across the two contacts. The contacts are brass and one of them takes more ware than the other contact, eventually the washer is unable move close enough to make good contact across the two contacts and it's a no start condition. First time this happened my car had about 80,000 mile on it, reoccurred again at around 160,000 miles. I took the starter completely apart at 80,000 miles and was no measurable ware in the starter. I used the factory service manual for the specifications. With this in mind, may I suggest you avoid a rebuilt starter and just replace the 3 small parts in the solenoid. They are hard to find -- read on.

    Parts and where to find them
    Most places and dealers only sell the complete starter when I was looking for them. Lehr Auto Electric in Sacramento California (916-646-6626) has the 3 parts you need to rebuild the solenoid for much less than $30, price from my memory. I don't work there and it a easy job, the hardest part is getting the starter out of the car. No soldering just a wrench and maybe a screwdriver.

    I hope that helps someone and it's my thanks for all the help I have received from the internet.


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  • , , 127,000 mi

    Battery popwer turns everything on, but car wont crank, it wont do anything mech.

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  • , , 187,000 mi

    starter and solenoid problem. crank ignition and hear a clicking sound. been replaced and repaired before.

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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  • , , 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 :)

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  • , , 140,000 mi

    I have a 1997 Toyota corolla automatic and I put a 1999
    Toyota corolla transmission in to the car... Is the starter no good or I have to
    Put a 1999 Toyota. Corolla start I need help

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  • , , 75,000 mi

    Starter solenoid stopped working.

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  • , , 123,000 mi

    Starter Died. Almost needed a tow. Just would not turn over at all. Gave it a couple of good taps with a metal pipe on the top (on an angle), and started right up after that. Took it straight to the local Tustin Toyota Dealer in Southern Calif who said they do not make re-manufactured starters for my Vehicle ID because they come directly from Japan only. If it was American made, he could order a re-manufactured model at a third of the cost. Quoting me $800 to replace the starter. Why do I feel like I've just been suckered ????? I'm seeing alot of Japanese re-manufactured starters for sale on the internet for less than $100 and they told me the part alone costs $417 ??? I'm still feeling raked over ?? Awful feeling and will be a poor poor Xmas this year because of this unfortunate incident. I wish someone could confirm they are telling the truth because it would make me feel a lot better.

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