1999 Corolla CE
Tapping on the starter will damage it because the casing is made of very thin metal.This method was somewhat successful in the old days because a thicker guage metal was used.In your case,the most difficult job will be the removal of the starter because some of the bolts are hidden and difficult to access.Get yourself a solonoid contact set...including the plunger from e-bay.Got mine for $15 inc shipping.Thats all you need and it beats paying $250 for a new starter.Thanks or your suggestions. As I watched YouTube Videos on this subject, I saw a piece suggesting to tap on Starter, when car shows starting issue.
I did this on Friday 10/11 evening. My car started on 1st attempt. I did start that car yesterday afternoon. It started without any issues. I took the car to AutoZone to do battery/starter/alternator testing. Tech hooked Battery tester to my car. It showed battery/Starter/Alternator as PASSED. Tech told me all are in good condition.
I was wondering what did happen here. Here is the photo to show the tapped location on my Starter.
There are 2 Cylinders . I did tap on Small one sitting on top big one. Google search showed some spring kind was inside this small Cylinder, I am not sure Toyota Starter has the same.
What is causing the tapping on this Cylinder to resolve intermittent start issue of my Car?
Today is Sunday, As I start my car this afternoon, the problem re-surfaced. After trying few times, I did the tapping on small cylinder , car started without any issues. I am not sure, how long this going to work.
I am wondering, why did AutoZone battery/starter/alternator testing.not catch the starter issues.
Did the above confirm this is starter solenoid fix ?
Thanks for sharing.