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1985 Toyota Cressida

This is my sons car. When he tries to start it, sometimes it starts and sometimes it doesn't. It seemed like a dead battery, but when we checked the charge on the battery it was good. We have noticed atleast some of the times it will not start, a clicking sound from underneath. My guess is the starter, but there may also be a wiring problem, grounding, shorting of the battery cables. One of the cables is quite long and goes somewhere under the engine or car. Two problems possibly? Is removing the starter difficult?

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On average removing a starter isn't that bad... normally 2 bolts and the wires from the battery... BUT... sounds as though you may have a problem with the starte's friend.. the solenoid switch... i looked one up on autozone.com and the part # is SS725 and it costs right at 100 bucks... definately try to test the old one first... turn on your ignition switch car in park if auto neutral if stick (e-brake on) and get a heavy guage wire or something to conduct electricity and touch across the 2 thick posts on the solenoid switch... small black thing in line of your positive battery cable to your starter... be very careful when you touch across it will most likely spark and the engine should turn over fine... if it does,, replace solenoid switch... rather costly solenoid but better then going to a shop.. hope that's al it is

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