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1996 toyota 4 runner start problem

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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  • chaplyn77 Jul 02, 2008

    my 1996 toyota 4 runner has the same problem i have already concluded it is not the starter ,relay or batterry connection i am about to test my battery hopefully that will fix it.

  • dlp 2005 Dec 14, 2008

    i have a 1996 toyota 4 runner battery is good turn over but will not start.

  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2009

    I have a 1995 V-6 Toyota 4 Runner and it's doing the samething, but beause it 's a five speed I can usually just jump start it. Will doing this cause problems to my truck?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Installed new battery but no power to starter or any of the interior dashboard. Did clean a nest of squirrel from under hood, car has been sitting for about six months.



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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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My thought would be the starter motor have you had them look at that?

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