Question about 1998 Toyota Celica
The clicking noise that you are describing is the starter solenoid plunger contacting the power feed wire contact (inside the starter) from the battery to the starter. The starter did not crank the engine because the other contact from the solenoid plunger was not transmitting battery voltage to the windings of the starter motor. This is a common problem. Replacing the starter plunger & both contacts would haved solve the problem. Regarding the replacement starters, I have observed many times that "aftermarket/rebuilt" starters are, at times, just as bad as the one you are taking out of your car. Try this: Remove the starter. Remove the 3 bolts on the side of the starter that retains a metal cover. Remove the cobver. Remove the metal plunger. Inspect the contacts and the bottom of the plunger. If anything appears burnt or worn, replace the contacts & the plunger.
Posted on Sep 16, 2008
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