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Starter Clicks, No Crank

Discussion in '3rd Gen 4Runners (1996-2002)' started by venturemaster_nate, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. Jul 28, 2017 at 11:04 PM
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    venturemaster_nate

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    Alright, so today I changed my battery terminals and the wire from the alternator fuse to the positive terminal on my '99 cause they were all corroded. It also is now a 6g wire instead of what looks like an 8g wire. I also got a new ground wire on there. Now the truck has power everywhere, nothing doesn't work but when I turn to crank it I just get a click and nothing. Tried jumping it and same results. Everything is put back the exact way that it was before so I'm completely stumped now. Hoping that someone on here can help. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jul 29, 2017 at 12:15 AM
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    Do a voltage drop test and come back with a response
     
  3. Jul 31, 2017 at 12:51 AM
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    sounds like your bendix spring it's not disengaging or engaging pull the starter out take it to autozone and have it checked its free. my guess is the bendix spring.might just be your solenoid they are cheap and easy to replace. LARRY B.
     
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  4. Jul 31, 2017 at 1:45 PM
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    Gently knock on the starter while someone cranks the truck. If it catches and turns over then your starter contacts are worn out.

    Very easy fix after pulling the starter.

    I've never heard of the spring or plunger in the starter failing, it's always worn contacts. Don't buy a new starter, just replace contacts.
     
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  5. Mar 8, 2018 at 11:36 AM
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    Mountain Top

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    Sounds like you/ve got a faulty connection on one of the battery cables.
    A starter that just clicks is a indication that the starter is not receiving enough electrical current to do the job.
    Check your new battery connections again, plus the one on the starter.
    Also, put a multimeter on the positive and negative battery posts and watch it when you're trying to start the truck.
    Does the voltage drop significantly?
    If so, is the battery well charged?
     
  6. Mar 29, 2018 at 12:35 PM
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    If you didn't do any changes to your battery terminals or the wire from the alternator fuse, I would have directed you to the contacts on your starter. I've replaced them 3 times on my Tacoma and 4Runner. When you turn the key, this sends voltage to the starter. Inside the starter is a solenoid that drives 2 thick pieces of copper together to create continuity and your starter turns the motor. Over time, the thick copper contacts wear out. You'll notice that it'll click once or twice, and then start. As the time goes by, the contacts wear out more and you'll get more clicks before it starts. Eventually, after clicking 20 times, you're driven to fix it.
     
  7. Apr 11, 2019 at 10:30 AM
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    Have you tried to get a jump start?
     
  8. Jan 15, 2020 at 9:03 AM
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    I have a 1996 4Runner and have the same problem (I think). All electrical comes on but the starter just clicks.

    My battery is about 6 months old. I don't think that is the problem. I put a new starter on it 4 days ago. It started fine for 3 days and now it is doing the same thing again.

    I tracked my negative battery cable to where it bolts onto the frame, underneath the engine block. It was caked in thick oil/grease. I cleaned it off but it is a very tight connection. I can't imagine that could be the problem (?). It did crank up after I cleaned it, but the problem has been intermittent. I have a sneaking suspicion that the problem will occur again the next time I try to start it.

    So..a (fairly) new battery and a brand new starter, yet it just clicks when I try to start it (intermittently).

    Any suggestions?
     
  9. Jan 15, 2020 at 10:13 AM
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    JustBadLuck, do you get white/green corrosion at your terminals?

    I would check your terminals at the battery. Pull it off and flex it and see if you hear it crackle inside or see lots of corrosion. Cables rot from the inside out and often you can see it.

    A click from the new starter is an indication that the circuit is not able to supply the current.
     
  10. Jan 15, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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    Thanks negusm, I do appreciate the information. The last thing I want to do is have to replace that starter again. I've done a ton of work to my 4Runner over the years, but that was by far the most aggravating job yet. Everything that the switch-out involved required two hands, but only one hand could fit...in any direction.

    Anyway...I will check the cables. The terminals haven't really had time to corrode, as the battery is fairly new.

    I'll keep the thread informed.
     
  11. Jan 15, 2020 at 12:36 PM
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    My key wore out after twenty years. But it was more of a lock/unlock ignition problem with getting the key out. Got a new key cut at the dealer and good to go....
     

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