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Having starting problems, changed the ignition switch and

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having starting problems, changed the ignition switch and starter, before that, I had the local auto parts place check the starter, battery and alternator, which they said check out
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: I just checked the battery voltage and cleaned the terminals. sometimes when I go to start the engine, there is nothing, like a dead battery, other times it will make a clicking sound like the starter wants to start. Other times it will try to start but won't. I literally have to turn the key 15-20 times before it will start.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 1 year ago.
Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. Please describe in better detail the click noise from the starter. Is it one click or many clicks? Thanks.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
usually just one click
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 1 year ago.
One click indicates worn contacts inside the starter solenoid. The click you hear is the electromagnet pulling the contact plunger down to engage the power contact that is hooked to the battery. When contact is made, this power flows thru the plunger contact into the contact for the starter windings. Sort of a giant relay. The starter shop may not have checked the condition of the contacts when they looked at it/visually . The recommendation I have for you on this request would be to replace the contact set and the contact plunger. Parts are available aftermarket or at a Toyota dealer parts dept.

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