Every other time I try to start there is a clicking sound under the hood, all lights are bright, this goes on 4 or 5 times and the car finally starts. The car has new battery. I've taken it to the dealer twice and they can't seem to duplicate the problem, therefore are unable to fix the problem.
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Re: 1996 toyota 4 runner start problem
Take the vehicle back to the dealer and have them remove the starter and to inspect the starter contacts. Burnt contacts will make the clicking noise that you hear, as the starter solenoid plunger is hitting one contact, but the current is not being transferred from the battery contact to the starter motor windings via the other contact. This is a very common problem. You have 2 options: replace the contacts, or replace the starter. I see this 10-12 time a month; I regularly just replace the contacts to save the customer the expense of buying a whole new starter.
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Hi John,there should be an emergency release near the base of the shifter (maybe a small red button,sometimes a slot into which you fit the ignition key). Then drive the vehicle to an auto electrician to sort out the wiring problem.
You could remove the serpentine belt and see if the noise continues, then check each component one at a time. You describe a slipping belt because the alternator pulls hard for the first few seconds after you start the engine.
This is a starter solenoid issue. The best way to fix it is to change the entire starter, but there are solenoid repair kits available to fix just the solenoid. The rest of the starter is old, so it won't belong before it will have to be replaced anyway. I just do it all at once and be done with it.
Sounds like the starter is getting ready to go out. I'd look at being ready to replace it soon. If it is a stick shift transmission car, you can PUSH start the car, but you probably want to get it done before this happens. This is what mine did, click, click, start, over a period of about 2 weeks before it finally went out. Replaced it, starts first time every time now.
Do you have a "Security" light anywhere on the dash? If so, when you change the battery, this activates the security feature. Try this: Cycle the key in the ignition on-off 5 times. This will deactivate the security system (if you do indeed have the Toyota system) Hope this works for you.