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1999 Toyota Solara Starter or Ignition Switch problem?

This morning, after sitting in the cold garage for 4 or 5 days, I started the car, a 4cyl Solara, and it started but the starter would not disengage, and made a terrible noise, like the engine was eating the starter alive. I turned the engine off, the engine turned off but the starter kept turning the engine over and the starter would not turn off, even with the key out of the ignition. My guess is a bad ignition switch...any agreements or disagreements?

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Your problem is a faulty starter solenoid relay.
It is staying in the POWER ON position.
The relay is located under the hood near the power distribution panel (fusebox) i believe.
Consult your owners manual or Repair manual for exact location.



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1. You may have already done this, but call your dealer or get on-line and find out if there has been a recall on this particular item.
2. Has the starter or solinoid been replaced or worked on in the past?
3. Has any other procedure related to your starting system been performed?
4. As you have surmised, the ignition switch could have shorted, effectively "welding itself" to the positive terminal of the switch; or, similarly, the solenoid either mechancally or electrically, is hanging up and creating the same scenario.

This is potentially a dangerous situation, as it can cause an automobile to catch fire and burn itself to the ground.

Do not trust this situation If it has apparently corrected itself. A automobiles' starting system is a high voltage/amperage circuit. So much so,You can weld with it.

Do not trust this situation unless you are certain you have found the problem.

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  • padillach52 Feb 12, 2011

    my 1999 solara is having the same problem it does not want to start but when it does start it wont turn off it keeps starting its self back up is this even fixable???????

  • Kelly Jan 12, 2013

    my car is not starting it is selenoid is making a clicking noise. The battery is fine

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