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1997 toyota tercel has brand new starter in it but when I turn key to start it the starter keeps trying to star even with the engine running, when I turn car off and take key out it still continues to

No matter what I do once I start the car until I disconnect the battery terminal it just makes the starting sound over and over, combined with a crunching noise (which I assume to be associated with the fact that starters aren't supposed to start over and over repeatedly like that.) then once I disconnect battery it stops until I try to start car again. I have owned the car since oct and I replaced the starter when I bought it because the starter was going out and then replaced it again when it happened the first time. NOW its doing it again, apparently replacing the starter is a temporary fix.

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Hello Theresa Honeycutt,

There is an easily explainable configuration that would cause your dilemma on OLD FASHION 4 connection (two big posts & two small gauge wire posts) starter SOLENOIDS...

1997 Tercel is 3 wire (can't happen)

Technically what you are describing is not possible as a USER MISTAKE because the TOYOTA solenoid only has THREE Battery TERMINALS showing.


YOU will need to return the starter as DEFECTIVE and get another one..

Fault: The primary winding of the ("s" lead on classic drawings ... "st1" lead on the 1997 Tercel) has a DIRECT SHORT to the output battery (starter motor side) of the main battery source (internal solenoid defect).

There should be ABSOLUTELY no continuity between the large posts (battery & motor) and the ST1 terminal WITHOUT THE STARTER switch ("st1") momentary contact being energized.

Then inspect the Ring gear on the vehicle to assure no
GEAR TEETH have been broken off in the previous melee... (Serious job... hope not).


Use the BBB Industries FREE wiring diagrams to trace your "starter wire" (registration required: proprietary documents).

BBB drawings (my opinion: great company)
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SOURCE: 1999 Toyota Corolla CE.

it sounds like either your having a short at the starter or the ignition switch is bad, I am leaning towards the issue being the starter, usually when the ignition switch is going bad there will be no click,

Posted on Oct 06, 2008



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SOURCE: 1999 Toyota Corolla CE.

definately ignition switch gone bad, replace them. go from there.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008


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SOURCE: 1994 Toyota Tercel Starter Problems

sounds to me that you have an igniton problem not a starter problem and or if you have or had an alarm system could be cause if u do give me feedback and i will explain but seems that your starter is fine from what u say but if you think in terms of the elemts to start a vehicle batery gives pwoer to ignition which sends to starter which gives spark etc i would check you ignition system something is causeing a short and not alowing starter to function

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

George Fleming

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SOURCE: 1997 Toyota Tercel won't start...

check the cap and rotor on the distributor. Make sure the tip of the rotor is clean and the inside contacts of the cap are clean also.

Posted on Jun 01, 2009


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SOURCE: How do I change the starter in a 2000 Toyota Camry LE

i'm sure it's not the starter itself that is the problem, have the stater's solenoid might be stucked. It's quite a lot of work removing the starter but you can do it if you are willing enough to learn. You just need the right idea and tools to do it. Hope this will help save you bucks!

Posted on Aug 10, 2009

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