2002 Toyota Highlander rebuild gone wrong

Tiny
MIKEJOHNPAYNE
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  • 2002 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
I recently rebuilt an engine on my suv replacing the head gasket. I set my timing on the right and left cams using the timing marks, and then the timing on the belt. When I plugged my fuel pump fuse back in, the pump did not automaticly cycle which I thought it was supposed to. When I turned the engine over the engine cycles twice then a series of rapid clicks come from the starter. Is this the starter failing or is it an electrical issue. I pulled the starter to have it rebuilt, but I really dont think this is the issue. Please help!

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Monday, November 10th, 2008 AT 3:47 PM

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Tiny
MHPAUTOS
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Hi there,

Check all the starter electrical connections and make sure all the earth straps are fitted and are tight, is the motor turning over by hand easily, pull the spark plugs and try and rotate the engine by hand, if you have a tight spot you may have the valve timing out, check this with caution.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Monday, November 10th, 2008 AT 3:54 PM
Tiny
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Yea I bet your right. Now that I think of it these are the symptoms of the spark coming too early trying to force the piston down before the end of its stroke. The spark and the stroke fight each other straining the crap out of the starter. Thanks so much I tried to be so careful setting the timing I didnt want that to be the issue. Lol
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Monday, November 10th, 2008 AT 4:32 PM

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