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I am trying to determine whether I have a starter problem or a starter relay problem. The vehicle is a 2003 toyota tacoma. It has the 2.4 engine and a automatic transmission. Occasionally the starter will click and not start. It will eventually start but there is a problem that needs to be repaired. The click noise seems to be emanating from the firewall section on the driver side. Can you tell me if there is a starter relay or if it could be a relay. Thanks Mike
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Does the truck have an automatic or manual transmission?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
automatic

Ok, a click by the firewall would be the starter relay, this is in the main fuse box under the hood. Generally speaking if the relay is activated, it should send power to the starter solenoid and kick the starter on. If it's not, then the relay could be at fault. However, it would usually be very consistent and not work sometimes and work others. That is actually more common of a starter issue. I think I would replace the starter to be honest. Or at least test the small wire on the starter when the engine won't start. If it's getting power then you will know 100% the starter is your problem.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Whats the labor rate for that starter relay?
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Sorry I meant the starter motor labor rate

lol, thank you :)

I was thinking the relay only takes about 30 seconds.

Give me a moment I will check the labor.

Thanks.

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Showing .7 hours for the starter r&r on this engine.

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