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    Re: Click-No-Start (Starter, Ignition Switch and other Culprits)

    ah, thanks for clarifying and the extra detail Tim!

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    Re: Click-No-Start (Starter, Ignition Switch and other Culprits)

    I was having an intermittent start issue and after reading the posts and going through the steps finally found success with a new ignition switch. Or so I thought. After a few months the problem came back. Went back through everything and out of curiosity installed a second ignition switch and the problem seemed solved again. Now I'm having the same problem again. Any clue as to what could be damaging the ignition switch?

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    Re: Click-No-Start (Starter, Ignition Switch and other Culprits)

    Sir goofy,
    I would suspect yours may be a situation of the sum of all things. As Tim discusses in post #45, the resistance in the circuit builds over time with age and even small amounts of corrosion. Eventually you aren't getting enough voltage to the starter to adequately energize the solenoid. By changing the ignition switch you may have reduced the resistance by just enough to fix it until the new part started to get a little wear. Also in post#45 Tim explains how to install a Bosch relay kit. These were originally designed for air-cooled VWs to alleviate voltage drop from age and the distance the current had to travel and work well for their intended purpose. I have personallly installed a few of these( including one on a Subaru) with good results and will putting one on one of my vans soon for the same symptoms described in this thread. Might be worth looking into.

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    Re: Click-No-Start (Starter, Ignition Switch and other Culprits)

    Hey all!

    I am the relatively new owner of a 1989 Toyota Van LE. Iíve been having intermittent starting issues with the ďclick.Ē After a couple tries, it normally starts, but I was left high and dry once a couple weeks ago, only getting it to start after hours of tinkering. The battery was old, so I replaced it, which I thought solved the problem but just recently started having the same issue again. The thing I havenít seen mentioned here is that when I remove the positive battery terminal connector and re-mount it, the van always starts right up. There is some light dust on that terminal each time I remove it, so I think I will replace that connector today. Could remounting the connector be sparking a bad starter enough to ignition? Iím trying to figure out other causes of the issue in advance as the ol Van is my daily driver.
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    Re: Click-No-Start (Starter, Ignition Switch and other Culprits)

    If corrosion is growing on the positive post in days/weeks as opposed to months/years then you likely have a failed battery post seal.
    You may try to get warranty on the battery but will depend on supplier as that fault, especially on a new battery, is usually caused by improper tightening of the battery connector.

    Usually happens when people get aggressive tightening the connection and it applies a side load to the terminal enough to cause the seal to breach.
    Using a 4in long 10mm wrench and making it "tight" (without supporting the terminal with the other hand) is more than enough to break that seal

    The fact that disturbing the battery positive connection solves the issue, would tend to indicate its that connection causing your (current) issue.

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    Re: Click-No-Start (Starter, Ignition Switch and other Culprits)

    Does anyone have any tips for removing the actual starter? I read Tim's whole post on replacing the worn contact and got the part from Toyota - $16!. But now looking at the starter itself, (which looks to be nearly under the passenger seat), it seems really tough to take out.

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    Re: Click-No-Start (Starter, Ignition Switch and other Culprits)

    I have no experience with starter issues, but your comment makes me wonder if you don't know how to remove the passenger side access panel? If not, search the forum - it's easy, and greatly improves engine bay access
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    Re: Click-No-Start (Starter, Ignition Switch and other Culprits)

    Quote Originally Posted by gwalzer View Post
    Does anyone have any tips for removing the actual starter? I read Tim's whole post on replacing the worn contact and got the part from Toyota - $16!. But now looking at the starter itself, (which looks to be nearly under the passenger seat), it seems really tough to take out.
    you can easily access it from underneath. I believe only two bolts keep it in place. Should only take a few minutes to drop!


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