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Today, about 5 degrees F, my 79 20R starter did not click or turn over. I hit it a few times with a rubber mallet, and after a couple more turns of the key it did snap and turn over and start the engine.

Before it started, I measured about 12V at the cold battery. Once running and warmed up, it measured close to 14V.

The battery is 6.66 years old. The starter motor, as far as I know, is orginal.

Battery terminals are clean and solid.

From the sound of it, when the truck did not start I did not hear the solenoid snap into closed-circuit position. Several on-off turns of the key - plus maybe the rubber mallet on the starter - did finally result in the starter turning over the engine.

What should I do/check/repair/replace?
 

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Sounds like the contacts. While you have the solenoid and starter off, have a boo at the starter too (check teeth for wear, you can test it too-bendix etc.,). If it's been in there a long time you might be just as well off replacing the whole thing.

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Thanks, guys, for the info above. I see the Toyota part was $11, but it's also available for $3. Just what do I ask for: starter solenoid contacts? Do I also need new seals, or can they be improvised with RTV or the like?
 

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Ask for Wilson 45-29-6521 includes both starter contacts, cost me $6.28 yesterday for two sets.
 
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