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Won't start When I turn the key it just clicks - one click, not like when the battery is low and it clicks rapidly. It had been an intermittent problem and usually only when the van was first started for the day but now it refuses to start at all. My friend thinks it's the solinoid or relay and also figures that we'll have to replace the whole starter. Where can we find free repair info on the internet?

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The starter contacts inside the starter solenoid have worn down.
You can replace the starter or replace just the contacts in it to save $$$.

Unhook the battery.
Remove 12mm nut from starter and remove cable and signal wire.
Remove two 14mm bolts holding the starter in.

Now you can either replace or repair the starter.

To repair it, remove the 3 8mm bolts on the back of the solenoid and remove the trapezoid metal cover.

Pull out the plunger and spring

Remove the 12 and 14mm nuts on either side ofthe housing and push the bolts through; you can now remove the copper contacts inside the housing.

These are available at your Toyota dealership for around $10.

Reassemble in reverse order.

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The way it sounds like the solinoid is bad and all you need to do is drop your starter and replace the solinoid

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