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Old 19 Oct 2009, 03:06 pm   #1 (permalink)
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hi
I have a V6 2000 toyota camry. Yesterday the car would not crank at
all. It would click and that's it.
I managed to get a jump and took it in to have its battery replaced.
The battery terminals are not corroded as they have been always
treated. However this morning it would not crank again. It clicked
each time the key was turned and cranked on the fourth.
Now i am suspecting that the issue is with the starter. Can someone
please tell me where the started is located and the procedures to
replace it just in case. Any pictures or a link will also be very
helpful
thanks
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Old 19 Oct 2009, 10:16 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"david" <athaided@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> hi
> I have a V6 2000 toyota camry. Yesterday the car would not crank at
> all. It would click and that's it.
> I managed to get a jump and took it in to have its battery replaced.
> The battery terminals are not corroded as they have been always
> treated. However this morning it would not crank again. It clicked
> each time the key was turned and cranked on the fourth.
> Now i am suspecting that the issue is with the starter. Can someone
> please tell me where the started is located and the procedures to
> replace it just in case. Any pictures or a link will also be very
> helpful
> thanks


The starter is very easy to find. Follow the large positive cable from the
battery. It may go through a junction box, but the largest cable under the
hood is routed to the starter. The starter will be bolted to the engine bell
housing. According to the AutoZone repair guide you will need to remove the
battery and possibly the cruise control actuator to get to the starter. To
see for yourself, you need to go to AutoZone.Com and register. You can also
read about it at:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you..._Camry_Starter

There is a good chance that the terminals in the starter solenoid (the small
cylinder bolted to the starter) have eroded away, leading to connection
problems. For some reason Toyota seems particularly prone to this.

Ed



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Old 19 Oct 2009, 11:02 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"C. E. White" <cewhite3remove@mindspring.com> wrote in message
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> "david" <athaided@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:fe4e54e6-ebea-4d4b-bb98-7bdb4c00fc91@33g2000vbe.googlegroups.com...
>> hi
>> I have a V6 2000 toyota camry. Yesterday the car would not crank at
>> all. It would click and that's it.
>> I managed to get a jump and took it in to have its battery replaced.
>> The battery terminals are not corroded as they have been always
>> treated. However this morning it would not crank again. It clicked
>> each time the key was turned and cranked on the fourth.
>> Now i am suspecting that the issue is with the starter. Can someone
>> please tell me where the started is located and the procedures to
>> replace it just in case. Any pictures or a link will also be very
>> helpful
>> thanks

>
> The starter is very easy to find. Follow the large positive cable from the
> battery. It may go through a junction box, but the largest cable under the
> hood is routed to the starter. The starter will be bolted to the engine
> bell housing. According to the AutoZone repair guide you will need to
> remove the battery and possibly the cruise control actuator to get to the
> starter. To see for yourself, you need to go to AutoZone.Com and register.
> You can also read about it at:
>
> http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you..._Camry_Starter
>
> There is a good chance that the terminals in the starter solenoid (the
> small cylinder bolted to the starter) have eroded away, leading to
> connection problems. For some reason Toyota seems particularly prone to
> this.
>
> Ed
>
>
>


He makes it look easy, in that link.



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Old 20 Oct 2009, 02:40 pm   #4 (permalink)
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On Oct 19, 11:02*pm, "Sharx35" <shar...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> "C. E. White" <cewhite3rem...@mindspring.com> wrote in messagenews:QpWdnSjP67vytkDXnZ2dnUVZ_qidnZ2d@earth link.com...
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> > "david" <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> >news:fe4e54e6-ebea-4d4b-bb98-7bdb4c00fc91@33g2000vbe.googlegroups.com...
> >> hi
> >> I have a V6 2000 toyota camry. *Yesterday the car would not crank at
> >> all. *It would click and that's it.
> >> I managed to get a jump and took it in to have its battery replaced.
> >> The battery terminals are not corroded as they have been always
> >> treated. *However this morning it would not crank again. *It clicked
> >> each time the key was turned and cranked on the fourth.
> >> Now i am suspecting that the issue is with the starter. *Can someone
> >> please tell me where the started is located and the procedures to
> >> replace it just in case. *Any pictures or a link will also be very
> >> helpful
> >> thanks

>
> > The starter is very easy to find. Follow the large positive cable from the
> > battery. It may go through a junction box, but the largest cable under the
> > hood is routed to the starter. The starter will be bolted to the engine
> > bell housing. According to the AutoZone repair guide you will need to
> > remove the battery and possibly the cruise control actuator to get to the
> > starter. To see for yourself, you need to go to AutoZone.Com and register.
> > You can also read about it at:

>
> >http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you...yota_Camry_Sta...

>
> > There is a good chance that the terminals in the starter solenoid (the
> > small cylinder bolted to the starter) have eroded away, leading to
> > connection problems. For some reason Toyota seems particularly prone to
> > this.

>
> > Ed

>
> He makes it look easy, in that link.- Hide quoted text -
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> - Show quoted text -


Update- I took the car to autozone and the starter tested good.
thanks for the responses

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Old 20 Oct 2009, 07:20 pm   #5 (permalink)
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"david" <athaided@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Update- I took the car to autozone and the starter tested good.
> thanks for the responses


Two questions:

How did they test the starter?

Did you determine the actual problem?

Ed

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Old 21 Oct 2009, 07:27 am   #6 (permalink)
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On Oct 20, 8:20*pm, "C. E. White" <cewhi...@mindspring.com> wrote:
Related problem on 1989 Celica. This car would do the same thing esp.
if the weather turned cold, I spent many dollars on it. Replaced
battery, terminals starter, cables and switches to no avail. The AAA
guy showed me how to jump the starter with a wire. Doing this I could
at least get home. The car went to my daughter in-law along with the
wire to jump it. The car is now being recycled and I still do not know
why it did this. Starter was replaced 5 times by me and the last was
paid for by the Toyota dealer. The master mechanic was left scratching
his head. I know this does not help but just my .02. If you want I
think I remember how to jump the starter so if you want I can let you
know how.
Norm

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Old 21 Oct 2009, 08:20 am   #7 (permalink)
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On Oct 20, 7:20*pm, "C. E. White" <cewhi...@mindspring.com> wrote:
> "david" <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> news:cd6054d1-8330-4102-9d42-77dc39f66d3b@e34g2000vbc.googlegroups.com...
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> > Update- I took the car to autozone and the starter tested good.
> > thanks for the responses

>
> Two questions:
>
> How did they test the starter?
>
> Did you determine the actual problem?
>
> Ed


They put a test set to the battery and ran a test and then had me
start the car. After that they told me that the starter was good.

No, i have not determine what the problem is. It is my wife car- the
issue she described happened to me just once (just a click when you
turn the key) after that i had the battery replaced as it was 4 year
old. The battery did test out to have less cold cranking amps. Since
the battery was replaced I have not experienced the issue whenever i
have started it. However my wife claims it has happened the very next
day after the battery was replaced. Will keep you posted
thanks
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Old 21 Oct 2009, 12:18 pm   #8 (permalink)
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I had the same issue a couple years back. The starter was fine, but it
was the contacts in the solenoid that were causing the issue. Took it
to a back yard mechanic and had it rebuilt for under a 100 bucks. No
problems since.
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Old 22 Oct 2009, 03:53 am   #9 (permalink)
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"camryguy89" <anthonyzadeh@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> I had the same issue a couple years back. The starter was fine, but it
> was the contacts in the solenoid that were causing the issue. Took it
> to a back yard mechanic and had it rebuilt for under a 100 bucks. No
> problems since.


Is a backyard mechanic similar to a "shade tree mechanic"?

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Old 22 Oct 2009, 06:39 am   #10 (permalink)
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"david" <athaided@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> They put a test set to the battery and ran a test and then had me
> start the car. After that they told me that the starter was good.


> No, i have not determine what the problem is. It is my wife car-
> the
> issue she described happened to me just once (just a click when you
> turn the key) after that i had the battery replaced as it was 4 year
> old. The battery did test out to have less cold cranking amps.
> Since
> the battery was replaced I have not experienced the issue whenever i
> have started it. However my wife claims it has happened the very
> next
> day after the battery was replaced. Will keep you posted
> thanks


Sounds like erroded contacts in the solenoid. It won't get better over
time. The contacts are replaceable - if you can find someone who has
them (maybe the dealer, more likely a local auto electric company).

Ed


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