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New starter installed, sometimes car starts other times no power you can hear starter clicking what is causing this

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This could be the starter solenoid or it could also be in the connections check your wiring from the battery to the starter look for loose connections also look for any corrosion in the wires and connections. tighten anyloose connections and clean all connections. if you find any severe corrosion replace the cable.

Posted on Nov 07, 2012


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SOURCE: 1991 Toyota Supra n/a...starter problems

Being this is an older car it could also be your ignition switch. I would start there as this sounds exactly like an ignition switch. If when it doesn't start you hear nothing, no clicks, starter trying to start etc, I would replace the ignition switch. It's not expensive and if you talk to the guys at the parts store they can give you a good idea how to do it. They will likely even let you look at a Hayes book in the store to see how it's done. It's really very simple.

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SOURCE: 1996 Toy Tocoka ignition/starter

that is a starter solenoid problem.

starter has its own solenoid. the big round thing besides the real motor.

it has contacts inside which could be worn out .

that is why sometimes it make contact and sometimes not.

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Posted on Sep 16, 2008

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SOURCE: I turn key and hear one click, but no engine

If you gently shake the gear shift(just a ****) it starts immediately. My mechanic fixed it in one minute. The alternator is connected to some thing that is loose and after it got tightened - I never had this problem.

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SOURCE: my car wont start and the alternator, starter, and

starter may be bad before u take it off ,,,have battery check ,,,load tested it might show 12 volts but it may not have any amps

Posted on Jul 06, 2009

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SOURCE: my car clicks a few times before it will start,

The contacts for the solenoid on the starter have worn down. This is extremely common on Toyotas.

Disconnect the battery negative terminal.

Remove the 12mm battery cable nut from the starter and unclip the signal wire

Unbolt the two 14mm starter bolts and remove the starter.

On the solenoid, remove the 3 8mm bolts and remove the trapezoidal cover

Pull out the plunger and spring

Remove the 12mm and 14mm nuts on the sides of the housing and slide out the bolts.

Remove the two copper contacts and take to Toyota to be matched up with new contacts at the parts department.

Reinstall in reverse order.

No more clicks!

Posted on Oct 17, 2009

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