You are here:

Toyota Repair/2000 Toyota Camry starter


Maybe once a month when I start the car, the starter makes that awful slipping/stripping/whatever-it-is noise. I stop and turn the key back and try again.  It starts right up then.  This has gone on about a year.  Of course I know I need to have the starter or a switch in it replaced.  My question is to know if it is likely for it to suddenly give up the ghost or will it continue as is and gradually get worse until it doesn't work at all.  

The problem is the flywheel, some of the teeth are stripped or damaged, if the engine happens to stop there after turning it off you will get this noise caused by the starter gear not engaging, the ring gear of the flywheel can be inspected by removing the starter and slowly rotating the engine by hand, reolace the starter and the flywheel at the same time.

Toyota Repair

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Ted Ritter


I have more than 28 years experience as toyota technician, I will be able to answer most questions related to the Toyota product line up to the present year models,I am located in the US but welcome questions from other regions of the world. When asking a question please provide specific information: year,model, engine,transmission information. Provide as much information as possible including a brief repair history if possible. I have been a volunteer here for more ten years an have answered over 16,000 questions helping Toyota owners with their problems and save thousands of dollars without any compensation, some of my answers are published on many other websites including google and various automotive forums. DONATIONS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED, IF YOU HAVE RECIEVED HELPFUL INFORMATION PLEASE MAKE A DONATION. AS OF TODAY (JULY 22, 2014) ALL REQUESTED GRAPHICS, ILLUSTRATIONS, DIAGRAMS, PHOTOS, WILL REQUIRE THE MINUMUM DONATION UP FRONT.


Toyota technician since 1979,expert in electrical systems,OBD systems,engine repair, driveability problems,EFI systems,ASE certified,Toyota master technician.
Certified Hybrid Vehicle technician.

Toyota master technician, ASE certified in eight catagories, Hybrid vehicle certified. Toyota technical training: Engine Automatic transmission Manual transmission Drivetrain Electrical systems Brakes and chassis Air conditioning Engine performance and diagnostics Hybrid systems

©2017 All rights reserved.