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Starter does not disengage...has my engine been affected?


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Madhu
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Apr 12, 2005, 8:50 PM

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Hi Tom
The starter of my 1992 toyota corolla did not disengage when I turned on the ignition today. Never happened before. As your replies suggest, the problem may be in the ignition switch or starter itself. You also mentioned that one should not let the engine running with the starter engaged..I accidentally left it for sometime (1-2 minutes) to see if the starter would disengage..but it didnt. Then I turned off the engine...the starter was still cranking the engine..then suddenly it stopped..I waited for a couple of minutes and turned on the ignition again. This time everything was fine..I drove around too with no problem. Have I damaged any of the parts by leaving the engine cranked to a running starter? I did sense a slight burning smell for a few seconds..Do I need to get the car checked up? Any problem peculiar to Toyota corolla 1992..?


Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 13, 2005, 4:32 AM

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The starter is designed to free spin if left on with running engine. I is NOT designed to take this for long times. It may have damaged the starter. Actually the starter drive but it usually means a whole rebuilt starter.

If everything is working right now you can probably forget it for now but pay attention for strange noises.

Don't let it stay engaged for minutes again. There is a risk of damage to the ring gear (most call it a flywheel) and that's a real pest! Makes a starter look like small change! Good luck, Tom



Madhu
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Apr 13, 2005, 7:59 PM

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Hi Tom,
The car seems to be running fine now...touch wood!.
I noticed that when I remove the key from the ignition switch/keyhole, I hear the usual 'click', that closes the entrance to the keyhole, after a short delay. It appears as if the ignition switch assembly has gotten sticky. Could that be the cause for the starter-not-disengaging event? Can I apply some oil to the keyhole so that the internal moving parts encounter less friction...or do I replace the ignition switch..? How much would one cost..? Thanks again!


Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 13, 2005, 10:34 PM

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HI - the ignition COULD be the problem. If your key and ign switch stay in the start mode, as you know they are spring loaded to return to just run and not the start mode. Some testing would be in order here before it causes a real bad hair day! Good luck with the fix, let us all know what you find,



Jdemestihas
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Jul 15, 2005, 3:56 PM

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common symptom amongst Toyota's
More likely to occur on first start of the day

My 86 camry has been doing it for over a year!
When the end starts I give it a little throttle and it stops

being as I have 351k miles, I am on borrowed time as it is, so I
would rather not put money into it


Madhu
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Jul 15, 2005, 7:07 PM

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I guess I finally fixed the problem..
It was a faulty starter and not my ignition switch..
One fine morning the car just did not start and I could hear only the rotating solenoid but no cranking.
Called up AAA for a tow, but luckily got the car jump started...
Immediately went to the mechanic and he confirmed that the starter had a 'bad spot'

Never faced the problem since I got a new starter...(knock on wood!)






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