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Toyota 4runner clicking sound when trying to start

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  • dchende Oct 22, 2008

    many clicks - I will take the key out and turn again - clicking then after a few tries it will start. I cleaned corrision around the battery termails. I'm thinking about replacing the battery cables today and see if that helps. The battery is just a year old.

  • dchende Oct 22, 2008

    many clicks. After 3 or four tries it will start. I cleaned off corrision around battery terminals. Thinking about replacing battery cables today before replacing starter. Is start a good plan? Thank you for the reply.

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    SAME PROBLEM BUT VEHICLE WILL NOT START AND BATTERY IS NEW

  • I LOve TAcos Mar 19, 2009

    but.....mine clicks between 3 and 5 times and the click is coming from the starter after 3 to 6 attemps to start the suv it is successful. there are numerous time i have no problem at all, this is a recent problem i have had the battery replaced just 3 days ago because i suspected it was dead. but to no avail problem still exist and i have also replaced pcv valve, spark plugs, and wire and fuel filter. I have had alternator checked and also the start but all is clear

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    How many clicks happen when the key is turned to the Start position? One or many?

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Many clicks = bad cables or a bad/weak battery.
Don't replace the starter. If there was just ONE click, I would advise you to remove the starter & inspect the starter solenoid contacts.
I agree, replace the cables, and maybe have the battery tested for percent of health.

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  • marvinthe267 Mar 29, 2011

    My 1999 Toy 4Runner had only clicking after turning the key (multiple) without cranking the engine; After trying again 3 times, I managed to get the started and made it to an auto store (I also waited for the outside temp to warm-up a few degrees from 34F); a new battery did the trick! I was about to begin looking for a new starter/solenoid until I read this e-trail. Thanks!

    MarvintheMartianDC

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