Moving the steering wheel will allow the car to start
My 2000 4Runner has a problem. I put in the key and I get a click. Sounds like a starter problem however if I move the steering wheel slightly to the left or right the car starts. Sometimes when I am moving the steering wheel around to find the "Sweet Spot" the radio comes on?
I read something about a faulty neutral switch on another post, and something else about a bad starter solenoid. Any ideas would be appreciated
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Re: Moving the steering wheel will allow the car to start
You need to remove the stater and get the worn contacts replaced. When you turn the key to start, and you get "one click", that is the starter solenoid engaging, but not transferring battery power to the starter motor windings. This is a very common issue. Don't believe the post about the neutral switch, you will get NO sound form the starter with a bad neutral switch. Here is the real deal: I am a Toyota Service Manager. I know exactly what your problem is, the "other posters" have nowhere near my experience with this issue. Trust me. If you remove the starter and get the contacts replaced, you will be fine.
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sounds like a stuck bendix spring with the clicking , have you hit the starter quite hard with a heavy hammer a few times to release spring ? if its not the starter the i'd say the fault is with the ign switch as you say turning wheel makes the clicking sound , i'd take off steering cowlings and check for any loose , burnt etc wiring to/from ign switch hope this helps
It sounds like the steering wheel lock is in a bind. I suggest you put one hand on the key and the other on top of the steering wheel. You then try moving the wheel slightly to one side then the other as you try to turn the key. It might take a bit of oomph to get the steering wheel to move. I hope this helps.
Try moving your steering wheel to the left then jiggle the key until it releases, if no luck try the same thing moving the steering wheel to the right, or combination of both ways, If this works then there is nothing to worry about, it can happen almost to any vehicle, you are just in between the wheel locking mechanism and the ignition start or the removal of the key, a common problem in the design of the wheel lock, to prevent it from happening again, just have your steering wheel were you want it before starting or turning off you car.
grab the steering wheel and turn it left or to the right and sometimes you might have to put a little effort in it but one way the steering wheel will move about 1-2" and as you are moving it with one hand take the other hand and turn the key and it should turn a lot easier.this is a common thing and if you can try to have the wheels straight and try not to use the steering wheel to get in or out of the vehicle and the wheel should not lock and make it so hard on you.you have to use both hands at the same time one moving the wheel and the other one turning the key but start moving the wheel in the in direction that it moves the most then turn the key.
It sounds like the ignition lock cylinder has worn out. This is the part you put the key into. It has tumblers that can wear out and when this happens, the key no longer pushes the tumblers in the correct sequence or position to allow the cylinder to turn at all.
sounds like the key is still in the on position. put in park and jiggle the steering wheel and try to turn the key back to the off position. that will allow you to remove the key. of course that doesn't address the no start issue. check the normal things, battery, cable end connections for tightness and freedom from corrosion, etc. no lights sounds like either a faulty battery connection or a drained battery.
Try having someone rock the car frontwards and backwards, while you rock the steering wheel back and forth and try to turn the key - it sounds like you're jammed up hard against the steering column lock.
it sounds like your ignition switch is failing and when you turn the wheel sometimes the steering lock pin is jolting the switch and making a momentary contact, you should try turning the key to the on position and jumping a 12 volt signal wire from the battery to the small wire on the starter (only until it starts do not leave this connected constantly) to confirm this is the switch for sure check for 12 volts out of the switch in the start position (it may be intermittent also) good luck and please rate -jeff here is your part click here