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Hey everyone! I'm still on my journey on learning more about cars and my car (2000 Toyota Celica, manual shift) decides to give me a(n) (unwanted) lesson. My car had been having startup problems, so the first thing I did was get a brand new battery. It worked perfectly fine for 3 months.

It's starting to warm up (not sure if that has anything to do with it) but within the recent month, my car has been having trouble with start up and crank. At times I would just hear a click from the starter, try it about 6 times, and it would eventually start up. About week ago it just stopped cranking, but i still would hear a click from the starter, but it would never start up, even after endless tries. My friend and I had to push-start my car and I drove it to my grandma's house.

I checked my battery, I looked at the fuses, the relay and everything checked out fine. My positive battery post was in pretty bad shape, so I replaced it. I de-greased the engine (covering up the alternator of course). Checked and cleaned the grounds, everything is hooked up properly. So I suspected it was the starter. I took the starter out and it was in pretty bad shape, so I replaced it with a new one.

Now, I don't even get the click from the starter. All I get is the small click from the starter relay. I'm pretty sure that I put everything back together correctly. I hand turned my crank shaft pulley to make sure my engine isn't seized, and I can hand turn it, so it isn't that. I think my ignition is fine because I can use all of my accessories when I turn it.

If you took the time to read this, THANK YOU!! Because I'm at about my wits end with this. If you have any suggestions or advice, PLEASE, let me know.

Thank you!
 

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Recheck that you installed the starter correctly. Have you tried checking if your ignition distributor is okay?

I'm in the process of restoring a 5S-FE engine and have run into similar problems. If the starter is fine, car should at least attempt to start. Keep in mind that these components are sensitive and will work poorly/not work at all if one part of it is not hooked up the right way.

You can also try the old hammer on the starter or screwdriver method to see if the new starter is no good.

Update as to how it goes mate. Good luck!
 

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Starter has two hookups - main power as a direct connect to the battery and a second wire connected through the relay that causes the pinion to engage. You can check if you have power at the main connection (meter) and can run a separate wire from the battery to the point where pinion wire normally hooks up - in effect bypassing all the controls. It should turn over immediately. If not, then the starter is bad ( be sure the car is in neutral as you are bypassing the neutral safety switch. If the starter turns over - then you'll need to work thru the starter controls - neutral safety, relay, wiring, etc

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Thank the both of you! Yesterday I confirmed that it is grounding out at some point before the large circuit of the starter relay. I can start the car if I touch the wire on the positive terminal of the battery and the negative side of the starter relay.

I thought about just rigging a wire from the positive battery terminal to the positive side of the starter relay (to give me key ignition control), but I want to see if I can actually find the short and try to fix it before I do that.

So is there a spot on Toyotas where shorts usually happen? Is there a spot I should check first? Will I have to take off the fuse box in the process?

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No specific areas for shorts. You could try a voltmeter and start following along wires. It would be helpful if you know what's shorting out. It's a process of following along the wires.
 

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Hey everyone my Celica turns on but it won't start or crank bt every time I go to try nd start a air sound comes from my starter even wit a jump it won't start or crank just air sound like a fan
 
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