Yes it sounds like a starter, they do fail even on Toyota's. Could have been a solenoid or a "dead spot" on the winding, or brushes.
There is no flywheel on an automatic, it is called a "flexplate", a stamped steel piece with a gear ring welded to it. Its function is to start the car, while a flywheel (manual trans) starts the car and holds the clutch pressure plate and disc.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 AT 7:32 AM