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Toyota Camry 2002 V6 has 135K miles has Starter Problem


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Senthil
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Jan 23, 2013, 1:18 PM

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Hello,

I have a Toyota Camry 2002 V6 and it has 135K miles on it, It has been running smooth and there were no issues. The problem start from last week and here is what happening

1. Car Starts in the morning however now i notice there very little delay
2. I drive the car nearest shop, 5 minutes drive when i comeback and re-start it and it doesn't start

Problem analysis and temporary solution provided by AAA
1. Initially I thought its battery issue and called AAA for jump start
2. The AAA guy tried to jump start car but it didn't start
3. The the guy told me he knew the problem and hit the starter couple of times asked me start it and car Started, he did mention some spring is root cause and asked me to take it mechanic, is there way to identify the root cause and fix it ourself
4. I have started my car this way couple of times by hitting the starter with iron rod comes with tier replacement kit

I need advice and help on identifying the issue and steps to fix it myself.

Observations
1. When I turn on the engine I hear one click sound and weening/some kind humming sound but engine doesn't crank
2. Sometime Car starts without hitting after long gap, I mean if re-start the car next day morning or in evening when I leave from work.

Questions
1. is it starter problem or Starter Solenoid problem?
2. Is it possible to fix the Starter problem? by brushing the copper plates or replacing starter parts?
3. Do I need to replace the Starter?

Note:
I live in valley area of Los Angeles, southern California and we have been experiencing really cold weather last couple of weeks, i'm not sure this is something to do with this problem.

Thanks in advance.

-Senthil


MarineGrunt
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Jan 23, 2013, 3:33 PM

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Re: Toyota Camry 2002 V6 has 135K miles has Starter Problem Sign In

Sounds like it's time for a new starter. That should take care of it.






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