I have a 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser with about 175k on it. Recently we have been having what appear to be starter
problems but I want to make sure it is not something else before I go to what looks like a miserable starter replacement project.
This has been going on for over a month, occasionally when you turn the key, all you get is a click. If you turn it multiple times it eventually starts, I mean like turn the key 10 or 20 times. Then it will start normally for a few weeks then randomly it will just click.
I have replaces the battery, cleaned the contacts, wiggles the steering wheel, tried starting in neutral, tried different keys and I cant seem to find any kind of pattern, just turning it multiple times and eventually it has always started.
I can't see any weather patterns but today it is raining and very difficult to start.
If the starter is warm I have not seen it be a problem.
My daugher has used one of the heavy wallet style key rings on there for almost 2 years, but wiggling the key does not seem to do anything different.
I presume it is the starter but hate to go to all the work only for it to be in the ignition or something else, are there any recommended tests.
I have the official Toyota Service Manuals vol 1 and 2 but find them somewhat difficult to navigate through.
Any thoughts or tests Toyota or you recommend.