1999 Lexus RX300 Q&A
1999 Lexus RX300 Question: Car will not start after turning the ignition. Is the starter the culprit?
My car will not start after turning the ignition key. I hear a "clickin" sound. However, after several times turning the ignition key the car will start up. First, I suspected the battery, but my dashboard lights are on. Second, I thought it could be the Alternator, but as previously noted the dashboard lights are lit after turning the ignition key. So I concluded I have a faulty starter. With the symptons I just described do you concur, as well? - Rolands Lexus
Could be the starter or battery. Can you see the starter? If you could lightly tap on the starter with a long screwdriver and hammer it might free it up. Sometimes the brushes wear out and lose contact. You'll still need to replace it but could at least drive to your destination. Check your battery connections anyway. If you have multimeter check the battery voltage when turning the key. It may be shorting out. Good luck and let me know if I can help. - Hal...
Mine is doing the same thing, I think that the sensor that is depressed when the shifter is put in park may be the cause I do not think it is making good contact. This sensor tells the car it is Park. It seems that it I put my foot on the brake and move the shifter from drive to park, it will start. Might yours be doing the same thing? It never sounds weak when it does crank does it. I am going to take mine apart and check the switch/sensor, I bet it just needs cleaned with some electrical contact cleaner. Let me know if this makes sense to you. firstname.lastname@example.org - scoomer2000