My first major failure on my 2002 Toyota Sienna. We drove back through the mountains from Corboba yesterday, no problems at all.
This morning my wife wanted me to drive her to the market and the car would not start at all. And, there was a loud clicking that kept on even after I turned the key off again. I had to disconnect the battery to stop it.
When I reconnected the battery, 12.46 volts on it. Radio works. Lights all work. A/C blowers work. With them turned on, battery drops to 11+ volts.
When I turn key to start again, the loud clicking, partly by the starter, partly by the right front corner of engine compartment. Battery drops below 9 volts, but jumping up and down, I assume as clicking occurs. Again, one has to disconnect the battery to stop it.
My theory is the solenoid on the starter has a short so when it enables the first time, it self-enables itself via the short, and keeps on turning on and off. And, the clicking is the solenoid engaging over and over again. And, there is no sign the starter actually turns over.
I do have mechanical help. A cousin and his grown son are very clever men, and with the Toyota shop manual and Haynes, I think we can get it out and another one back in okay. At least I hope so. It would be a 50 mile two hour haul if we need to take the car in.
I did some odds and ends. Once we had the Starter relay out, but when I hit the key it started clicking again. Which would seem to eliminate the relay as a problem. Also, when it was clicking I felt no click in the Starter relay. I would assume we should be able to feel it. I know on the son’s old Ranger you can feel the fuel pump relay click when you turn the key to operate. I need to have someone turn the key while I feel that relay.
Any ideas which would be different than the starter itself?
Autozone says over 2700 pesos, have to go and prepay, then wait a week for the part to come. I haven’t called Toyota in Puebla year. I am guessing it would be much more expensive, not sure how long I have to wait.
But, it is more the time to wait than the cost that makes me seek assurance or lack of it as far as being the starter. Thanks for any experience on this sort of problem.