Re: Intermittent Starter Problem

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Old 14 Aug 2003, 08:19 am   #1 (permalink)
Scott Schuckert
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Default Re: Intermittent Starter Problem

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> My 1989 Camry is experiencing an intermittent starter problem. Every so
> often I will turn the key to start - all dash lights go on like they usually
> do & I hear a 'click' under the hood (don't know exactly where it is coming
> from as I'm in the car at that time). I will honk the horn (to sort-of test
> the battery condition) - & it honks fine.


Assuming your Camry is like my '97: This is not an unknown problem;
I've experienced it. If you don't correct it, you may run into the
situation I did - the engine will start, but the starter won't
disengage - big trouble.

It's a part inside the starter that my dealer persists in calling the
"plunger" (anyone know what it's really called?) If it sticks IN, the
starter doesn't turn; if it sticks OUT, the starter runs but doesn't
disengage.

The "plunger" can be replaced or adjusted, but the labor is enough that
my dealer recommended spending a little more to just replace the whole
starter.
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