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Getting a moaning crank noise, then rapid clicking. Noise is…

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Getting a moaning crank...

Getting a moaning crank noise, then rapid clicking.

Mechanic's Assistant: Where exactly do you think the noise is coming from? And how long has this been going on?

Noise is coming from under the hood somewhere around the transmission end of the motor (criver's side)

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Toyota?

2000 corolla CE

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Corolla yourself? What have you tried so far?

Letting it warm up during the day. If I have to, I may try substituting the starter relay.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Not really. When it runs, it runs well.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Toyota
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Toyota Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago
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So that usually is either a bad starter or battery I would get the battery checked first, any local auto parts store will do a check for free

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Previously, the cranking noise would be continuous and always happens in cold weather. A very determined moan of a powerful electric motor, then ignition. 3 or 4 cranks and it starts. Now it has just started the single or double crank noise and drops right to the rapid clicking.
Toyota Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

ok get the battery checked and let me know what happens

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I intend to try replacing the starter relay incase it has thrown a contact. And, of course, playing tug of war with the connectors on the battery and some of the heavy gauge wires to check for loose connections. I will have to see if one of the other relays is suitable as the solenoid handles the cranking current and not the relay.
Toyota Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

ok try that and let me know what happens

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