Can a poorly cut ignition key cause a starter to not disengage and burn up? Toyota FJ60 Landruiser.
1983 Toyota FJ60 Landcruiser 175K miles on a 2F 4.2L I6. Just bought it a week ago, have put about 500 miles on it with no problems. Had some new keys cut at the local hardware store. The only key I had for it was original and very worn. Got in it this morning and new key went in slightly rougher but started right up. Pulling out of the driveway I noticed the radio wasn't working and figured I had a fuse to replace. Drove 5 miles and could smell "burned wire" smell and pulled into a parking lot and shut down. As soon as I turned the ignition off the radio came on. Popped the hood and the starter was smoking a bit and was crazy hot. Let it cool off and tried the key, nothing, no solenoid click, nothing. At no point did I hear anything out of the ordinary, grinding of engaged starter/flywheel etc. Could that have really been caused by a poorly cut key not properly disengaging the ignition switch upon start up? or am I gonna chase an electrical gremlin.