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Re: 94 toyota carolla starter clicks eventualy starts
You have two options: replace the starter (easiest, but most expensive), or replace the contacts (cheaper, but more work involved).
In any case, you have to remove the starter. Disconnect the battery BEFORE you start. Locate the starter and remove the wires going to it. The starter is held onto the transmission with 2 large bolts. Remove both, and slide the starter out.
If you want to change the contacts, observe the starter, locate a metal plate held on with 3 bolts. Remove the bolts and the plate. You will now see a plunger, and 2 copper colored contacts. Those are what needs to be replaced. Changing the contacts is easy, just do one at a time, and ensure that all insulators are installed properly on reassembly.
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This is usually a cracked distributor or bad plug wires water is getting into the system. if you get the car running try looking at the wires and dist. in the dark if you see any sparks replace the parts you see the sparks coming from,
The usual cause of this is a dying battery, which has enough charge to pull in the starter solenoid (the click), but not always enough to crank the engine.This is because such a battery cannot hold a good charge for very long.
If you feel your battery is definitely OK then it would be the large contacts at the bottom of the starter solenoid, which are worn out. The solenoid pulls in but contact is made only intermittently. I had a Toyota once which did that.
it sounds more like a battery terminal that has corroded , or is just loose. Check the battery terminals to be sure they are in good shape. If they are , then I am thinking starter too.... like the click you are describing is the solenoid and the contacts are just not making contact to engage the starter motor...
This is a starter solenoid issue. The best way to fix it is to change the entire starter, but there are solenoid repair kits available to fix just the solenoid. The rest of the starter is old, so it won't belong before it will have to be replaced anyway. I just do it all at once and be done with it.
That usually happens when the battery is dead. It has enough juice to pull in the starter solenoid, but when the solenoid (which is an electromagnetically actuated switch) connects the start motor to the battery, the load is so heavy that the battery can no longer even hold the solenoid in. The solenoid releases, taking the starter off the battery as a load, and then there is enough energy to pull in the solenoid again.
If the battery actually has a good charge in it, a really bad connection can cause this (it's rare, but it can happen).
the problem you have is that the heavy electrical contacts inside the starter solenoid (part of the starter) are burned and not making a good connection, when this happens the solenoid moves but the starter doesn't engage and all u hear is a "click"
To locate the starter, follow the large red battery cable down away from the battery until you come to a round gold and black unit with electrical wires connected to it. It will be bolted to the side of the engine, towards the bottom of the engine. Before you can remove the starter, you MUST remove the black large cable from the battery. If you would like to contact me again about this or other problems, feel free to do so. Bill ASE Master Technician