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I have a 2003 Toyota Matrix, and in trying to start, there is simply a hum, no starter solenoid click, or attempt to turn over. Checked battery OK. Is starter shot?.

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I am having a similar problem it happens intermittently it doesn't start then hours later it will i hear a faint hum

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Sounds like the starter solenoid is shot., Make sure the engine is not seized.

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