2000 camry starter wont stop

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Old 08 Aug 2005, 09:29 pm   #1 (permalink)
d2shoes
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Default 2000 camry starter wont stop

My camry keeps trying to start while the key is off and seems to be making
the noise while the car is running... i took off the battery cable and
could smell burnt plastic...i saw on another post similar to mine that the
starter contacts and the plunger needed to be replaced and was wondering if
its safe to drive it up to the shop tommorrow or if i should have it towed?

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Old 08 Aug 2005, 11:57 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"d2shoes" <d2shoes19@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> My camry keeps trying to start while the key is off and seems to be making
> the noise while the car is running... i took off the battery cable and
> could smell burnt plastic...i saw on another post similar to mine that the
> starter contacts and the plunger needed to be replaced and was wondering

if
> its safe to drive it up to the shop tommorrow or if i should have it

towed?

Theres 2 ways the starter can jam on: 1. a foreign volts signal getting thru
to the starter solenoid. To test for this, unclip the single thin wire going
to the body of the starter. Re-insert enough so you can quickly pull it out
if the starter keeps running. If that action stops the starter, you have a
fault in the LT side of the circuit. In this event, connect a test lamp to
the wire in question. Operate the key a few times. If it fails to go out,
you can try removing the starter relay. If that stops the lamp, replug the
relay in and listen too see if it operates. They make a soft 'clonk' sound.
If it is operating, then its most likely the ignition key-switch gone
intermittant. This will have to be replaced.

2nd type of failure:
Keep the battery +ve or -ve clamp loose enough to pull off incase the
starter still keeps running after you pulled the thin wire off. The solenoid
and/or its contacts are sticking. A sharp whack from a hammer should make it
release. In this case, you can start the car, then remove the heavy
battery-cable from the starter. This will remove battery from the solenoid
contacts and the starter motor. The solenoid should then fly back with a
whack from the hammer.
In either case, you can get the car started,..disconnect the starter and
drive it to the repair shop.

My preferred way would be to remove the starter's 2 bolts, undo the 2
wire/cable connections and remove it from the engine and get it
tested/repaired at the shop.. Less chance of more damage to the starter or
ring-gear.

Jason


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