1998 Toyota 4 runner starter does not disengage

Tiny
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  • 1998 TOYOTA 4RUNNER
I have a Toyota 1998 4 runner, mileage about 120k, 3400 engine.

When I start the motor, the starter stays engaged. In fact, when I turn-off the ignition and remove the key, the starter still continues to operate. I had to take of a battery terminal to make it stop.

Also, within the last two weeks, occasionally I would have problems engaging the starter, especially during cold weather. After several attempts, I was able to get the starter engaged and start the motor.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Sunday, May 13th, 2007 AT 12:39 PM

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Tiny
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Check the ignition switch and starter relay its between this two that's causing the problem.
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Sunday, May 13th, 2007 AT 7:33 PM
Tiny
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My 4runner 2000 3.4L manuel 137k ml has similar symptom recently. A few days ago it won't start at hot weather, but finally started before I jump it. Then yesterday after driving 50 miles and parked for 20 minutes and start again, the engine runs with a very high pitch noise. I turned off the key but engine still runs without stop. I turned on/off a few times and moved the SUV out for a few feet and finally the engine turned off at a key off transition. After I started it again, everything looks normal. Today, it sounds fine but with a little noisy under the hood.

Is this the same issue from starter relay up to ignition switch?
Should I still drive it for 60 miles for a good mechanic shop I knew well?
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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 AT 7:21 AM

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