Sometimes my starter just clicks....

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  1. serge01

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    Hello. Ever since I have my car, sometimes when I go to turn it on, I turn the key, wait for the little "curly" light (what is the correct term, by the way?) to go off letting me know the xxx (and this one is called....??) is hot and then turn the key to start the engine. The issue is that sometimes, the engine just clicks and does not turn over. It really isn't a problem yet, as I only have to turn the key 1 more time and then it turns over and starts without a problem. Should I worry about this? What might be causing this? Thanks and I look forward to your advice and expertise.

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    It is important to mention that this problem is intermittent. It may happen to me 1 or 2 times a week.
     
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    The term you;re looking for is "glowplugs". The clicking sound may be coming from the solenoid on your starter. It is a "switch" for lack of a better word that sits on your starter motor and triggers it on and off. When it goes, it just clicks once when you turn the key. My old Ford did this once a week for a year until it finally went for good. You can normally replace a solenoid without removing the starter...but maybe not on a LC?
     
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    David*BJ70 Looking forward to reach the end of the world

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    Moose, can you show me by a picture (from manual) the 3B, 13B starter's solenoïdes ?

    I can't figure what and where it is...

    Thank !
     
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    There is a good write up in the truck tech section of the last issue of Toyota Trails about how to fix this problem.
     
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    David*BJ70 Looking forward to reach the end of the world

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    You can't imagine how I'm happy to read that ! :) ... but that don't help me will I don't have this good write in front of me ;)


    ... so, where to find ?
     
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    My guess will be worn starter contacts... I've had several Toyota's do this same intermittent clicking thing, and every time it is the starter contacts...luckily, Toyota sells an inexpensive kit for repair for most starters...
    Here's a link showing how to fix it on an older 4runner... should be similar on yours...
    http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/maintenance/starter/

    If it gets worse on cold days, then it very likely is the contacts as the cold seems to aggravate the worn contact issue.
    If you ever experience the same intermittent starting problem you describe above, but get no clicking sound, then I'd suspect the starter relay, but its very uncommon for these to go on Toyota's, contacts are far more common.
     
  8. Tapage

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    heater

    glowplugs

    you have 1HZ engine right .. well in my 2H the brush on the starter they were ready to be changed after this and starter rebuild ( clean a lots of disrty and mud for years inside ) all comes fine ..
     
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    worn starter contact. do a search. easy fix. will take an hour or two once you locate the parts you need. good luck.
     
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    Thanks to all for your good advice and links. This will be my first DIY project on my "Toyotona". I'll let you know how things went as soon as I repair it.
     
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