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2003 Corolla, similar problem to what northjaa posted. I have replaced the battery and had a test run on the alernator but sometimes turning the ignition is met with a click or no sound. Car doesn't turnover, radio and other electrical not affected. I don't want my wife to be stranded.Thoughts? I was thinking either bad area on the starter or possibly a short in the ignition system.

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  • psychweaver1 Aug 03, 2010

    Thanks Suzman, sounds like the direction I need to head in. I appreciate the quick response.

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Starting circuit consists of the following.

  • Battery(Should be at 13V or thereabouts)
  • Ignition switch(Rarely fails)
  • Fuse
  • Relay(To power the solenoid.)
  • Solenoid(Integral with the starter, is actually a really powerful electrical relay to power the starter and also a mechanical relay that engages the starter to the flywheel.)
  • Starter motor
If you only have intermittant problems with the starter it will usually turn out to be the relay or the starter itself. The relay is relatively cheap so when in doubt just replace it. If the problem returns get the starter out.
It sits at the rear of the engine and is a bit of a hassle to remove due to the discomfort of standing bent over with your hands way down at the back of the engine.
Disconnect the battery negative. Remove the thin wire from the solenoid.(Clips off) Undo the top large nut on the back of the solenoid and remove the thick wire. Undo the 2 bolts that hold the starter in place and get it out.
To remove the solenoid undo the remaing nut on the rear of the solenoid and pull the wire of the stud. Undo the 2 bolts that hold the solenoid in place. Pull the solenoid back and unhook from the arm in the hole that is now open. You should be able to source it from your local spares shop.
Inside the starter are the brushes that should rather be replaced by your auto electrician. Since you've already cut your labour bill in half I'd recommend it. Other things that can go wrong in the starter are the armature and field coils and also bushings. These tend to let the starter sound like it is running on a flat battery.
When buying spares it is best to take the old unit along as a sample

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