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1996 Lexus ES300 Question: my car does not start 80% of the time.

 

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deepblue, 3.0L V6, Westerville, OH, September 08, 2011, 16:33
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The lights come on, the battery is new and connections are sound. It either makes no sound, or one click when I turn the key. It is a very random occurence but is beginning to happen more often, It has about 162,000 miles.

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    September 08, 2011, 20:54
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    Your starter is the issue or a loose connection. If that's not it it's the alternator which often fails in conjunction with the battery going bad. I'm not a mechanic but I've been ripped off by them all. Cheers!

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    deepblue, September 09, 2011, 10:26
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    Thank you. It is a new battery and is good and I have checked all the connections which seem to be fine.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, September 08, 2011, 23:04
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    The starter contacts and plunger in the starter fail (they are replaceable)but sound like a typical failure of that OE equipment Nippon Denso starter. Charge and test the battery first to confirm it is OK and holds a charge.

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    deepblue, September 09, 2011, 10:26
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    Thank you. It is a new battery and is good and I have checked all the connections which seem to be fine.

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