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A wee problem.

After leaving my Avensis for a short period of time. probably in the area of 5 minutes to an hour, on occasions when I return and put my key in the ignition it will not start.

All the relevant lights on the dash board illuminate, but when turning the key further theres is nothing from the engine. Sometimes it will start and a second attempt right away. Sometimes it takes a few minutes and a few attempts. :wacko:

Anybody go any ideas?

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I know you shouldn't really with a Cat, but have you push started it yet? This will prove that the fault lies only with the starter circuit. Another thing is get a Volt meter, and check for some at the starter motor.

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While it may be the starter, I have seen the ignition where the key goes in cause such problems.

The key is not setting the tumblers or the wiring may not be completing the circut when the key is turned.

Power goes from the Battery to the key switch, when the key is fully turned, it should complete the circuit. And power come back down another leg completing the power to the starter motor.

Get a tester and the next time it's not starting, see if power is getting to the starter. If no power is reaching the start, then it would have to be the key switch.

I can't tell you in your car which wire completes the circuit back to the starter.

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i had this same problem the solution is ignition itself behind the barrell for the key there is a plastic unit for making contacts that was broken it was a comon problem on 98 1.6 and may be your solution cheep as chips for 50 quid

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i had this same problem the solution is ignition itself behind the barrell for the key there is a plastic unit for making contacts that was broken it was a comon problem on 98 1.6 and may be your solution cheep as chips for 50 quid

How do you fix it?

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sounds like an immobiliser problem to me .. the key has a transponder built in to allow starting when the key is near the lock.. if this is playing up then it'll give you the fault youre describing.. this is far easier to check than ripping your starter out.

The ignition barrel contacts thing was a major problem on certain older toyotas, but i think theyve now fixed it... it may be that, but i'd got for the immobiliser first.

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I've just had this exact problem with my 2001 Avensis, however the garage (not a Toyota dealer) had already put in a new starter motor to fix it (£222), which changed nothing, before calling in an auto electrition and then replaceing the switch (another £110) which did. They told me that starter motor would have had to have been replaced anyway as the broken ignition switch had casued the starter motor to overrun and burn it out (although it didn't seem to have any trouble consistantly starting the car within a second or so just prior to me taking it in). I've not really questioned the starter motor replacement but it seems odd (even to my very limiited knowledge of the 'ways of the engine'). Is there any chance at all that this faulty switch problem could really cause the starter motor to burn out?

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