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1987 Toyota Camry. Starting, sometimes the starter doesn't engage, just a clicking sound. Replaced the starter and distributor, but it didn't fix the problem. A new battery makes a slight improvement for about a year. Well, I found a possible cause. I checked the *ground strap*, from the negative battery terminal to the chassis. I used a 10mm socket to unbolt the strap from the chassis. As it happens, some **!!!** idiot at the factory had painted over the hole that the bolt attaching the strap goes into. I scraped the paint off and reattached the ground strap. Hopefully this will help. Just wondering whether this is an isolated instance or whether other Toyotas have chassis ground problems.

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Some ground straps have two leads one to the body and one to the engine block. check for loose straps.

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