89 FJ62 Starter Problem

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Won't engage but battery in not dead. Starter relay clicking but will not engage. This is intermittent problem. It will start for two or three months then suddenly will not engage. Try it 20 times in a row but will not engage. Leave if ten minutes or an hour then it just engages immediately and starts up. Almost impossible to fix something this intermittent. Any guesses ?
 

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Won't engage but battery in not dead. Starter relay clicking but will not engage. This is intermittent problem. It will start for two or three months then suddenly will not engage. Try it 20 times in a row but will not engage. Leave if ten minutes or an hour then it just engages immediately and starts up. Almost impossible to fix something this intermittent. Any guesses ?

when your original or aftermarket FJ62 Starter starts to click , that's its way of saying im starting to DIE fast .....



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also , to set you up for success , a brand spanking new Heavy Duty 10ga SOLONOID input wire with a YAZAKI SPECIAL Positive Grip Termional ,

this is light years ahead of your current one that activates your solenoid


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Won't engage but battery in not dead. Starter relay clicking but will not engage. This is intermittent problem. It will start for two or three months then suddenly will not engage. Try it 20 times in a row but will not engage. Leave if ten minutes or an hour then it just engages immediately and starts up. Almost impossible to fix something this intermittent. Any guesses ?
I had the same symptoms on my 89…. I Replaced the starter, problem fixed… Toyotamatt is correct…..
 
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Try cleaning up/adjusting/replacing the plunger contacts. Id suggest you check and clean your battery clamps, grounds and stater lead lug as well.

 
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i had a problem like this but can’t remember if it would click or not. it ended up being that the old wiring in the truck wouldn’t allow enough current to activate the solenoid. it was however enough power to open a relay so i added one of these. fixed my problem.
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when it starts does it fire quickly or does it seem to struggle. i just went through a starter replacement as this time it was slow
and sluggish and sounded like it was struggling. first scenario it would fire right away but just sometimes it was totally dead. kind of either on or off but nothing in between if that makes sense
 

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If the starter is 20 years old or more- replace it.
Do you real want to play starter roulette away from home?
 
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there is a way you can jump the solenoid right from the battery. i’d suggest doing this before buying a new starter simply because you may spend $300 on a starter and still have the same problem. this relay is $20. while i don’t disagree with replacing parts that are 20 years old i would rather fix the problem than guess and be wrong with expensive parts. jumping the solenoid at a time that it won’t run will tell you a lot. my 2cents.
 

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