I got in the car one morning and when I turned the key, all i hear was click. I tried and tried again but unfortunately the starter solenoid just wouldn’t engage and power up the starter motor.
After getting a lift into work, the next two evenings involved removing the starter and cleaning the contacts. Anyone who knows the 2UZ-FE would agree that getting to the starter is the biggest PITA imaginable. Its located in the V above the block and below the inlet manifold. Removing it requires taking the entire manifold off.
As part of the repair, I decided to fix a thick cable from the starter motors +’ve post and let it protrude out the back of the engine. If the contacts or solenoid ever gave me trouble in the middle of nowhere, I could at least bridge them out and start the car.