Question about 2000 Toyota Avalon XLS
In Feb of this year, my car failed to start one morning. I got a jump, went to Walmart, they tested the battery, found a cell was bad, so I replaced the battery. About 2 months ago, after a chilly (but not freezing) night, the car failed to start, so I got a jump. No issues again until about 2 weeks ago, when after another chilly (but not freezing) night, it wouldn't start, I got a jump, went to Auto Zone and had them test it, everything tested okay, so I went to Walmart and they gave me the option of replacing the battery or getting my money back. I opted for the battery replacement. About 3 days later, again after a chilly night, the car wouldn't start. This time, I put my left foot on the ground and pushed the car an inch or so, and tried the ignition again. The car started. A day or two later, same thing (wouldn't start, foot, started). Since then, no issues. Starts right up, despite how chilly it was the night before. So... is this a starter issue? Or...? Should I proactively get the starter replaced? The car has about 187,000 miles on it and works great except for this. Thanks! Carol
If the car does not crank at all then the anomaly could lie with the starter motor. These suckers have carbon brushes that over time will wear. Usually there are springs that keep pushing the brush onto the commutator but it is possible that the brushes are so worn that the springs have reached the max on their spring and the brushes make intermittent contact at times. That explains why it is dead sometimes and starts after you jostle the unit.
Or if you have an auto transmission you can also check out the switch that is part of your transmission that prevents car from starting unless it is in neutral. The neutral safety switch. If the latter is bogus you can either replace it or just bypass it and save the dinero.
Avalon is a great running car and ................
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