'84 Toyota Cressida Won't Crank-Help!
It all began when my car would make this weird gravelly noise whenever i turned the ignition key. It would make this noise for a bit and then peter out until there was nothing. After a few times doing this, the engine would suddenly jump to life.
I didn't worry much because i thought it was because of the cold weather. But one day, about 2 weeks later, my car stopped cranking when i turned the ignition. All i hear now when i turn the key is a click and then a faint humming/buzzing noise.
I've checked the fuses and the battery, and everything is okay. This leads me to believe something is wrong with the starter. I bought a new starter and plan to replace the whole thing.
Is replacing the starter a doable project for someone who has no experience working with cars? I have the Chilton manual, and it seems easy. Could anyone suggest another possible reason for the problem?
Also, i'm parked on a hill with the rear end facing downwards. How can i get under the car to get to the starter? Is it safe the jack the front up? If so, where should i place the jack?
If you need any further clarification, i'll answer as soon as possible. Thanks in advance for your time.