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1987 camry sv21 starter problem

Intermittantly I will get no response from the ignition when I go to start. Key turns with no response.I can drive then park the go to start then nothinng. It can go a few days alright then does it again. Auto electrician replaced the starter motor. Went ok a couple of days then did it again. Of course wouldn't do it when I took it back. He did admit they had trouble getting correct voltage to the starter motor. He put in a relay to boost the voltage when he did the starter. As he couldn't work out what the problem was he put a wire bypass so I could start the car direct from the battery. I saw a identical post fom 1999 on this list and was wondering if the problem was rectified and what the outcome was. Can anyone help? My 1999 Camry has only 60,000 miles on it. There was only a clicking noise when I turned the key and the engine wouldn't start. This is the first time that has happened.

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  • possumxau Jun 26, 2008

    I too have had this problem with both a 87 and 92 Camry sv21,(it's very common I'm afraid) it is electrical resistance building up in the starter switch, if you have problems replacing the switch or don't want too you can fit a $10.00 relay into the starter circuit, if you need to do this I will explain later, however in the mean time carry a 30cm section of battery wire and with the car in neutral and the ignition on, touch the wire ends to both the + battery terminal and the wire where it enters the starter solenoid.

    There is no danger in doing this and the motor will start for you, remove the wire and away you go. the failure to start in my case only happens during the first starting of the day (if I have to stop the engine within the first 10-20mins) untill the engine is warm and the alternator has replaced the electrical drain from the initial start. Hope this helps. AG



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Sounds like you need an ignition switch. It's the electrical part on the back of the key and tumble assembly.If you can get it to not start check the starter wire off the back of the ignition switch for 12 volts while in the start position.It should have 12 volts . If not the switch is bad. I would have all that ( add on )Stuff taken off ASAP. That will not make things any easier to diagnos or repair. The switch is a fairly cheap item and is not to hard to change.I would get a switch and take off all the add on's and go from there. Electric gremlins are frustraiting when they won't act up all the time. Good luck and let me know....Dan PS> the 99 made noise when they went to start it. that click was the solinoid engaging.That car had a bad starter. You say yours does nothing,not the same symptom....Dan

Posted on May 29, 2008


Just hit the starter moter with a big screwdriver or equivelent, thats what i do and it starts everytime. heaps cheaper as well

Posted on Jul 04, 2008


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