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Won't Start when I turn the key-- Good Battery--

[ RX300 1999]

I am having a problem that is getting progressively worse...

When I turn the key; sometimes it will start... sometimes not.

It had been if I tried it ENOUGH TIMES ( turning the key) it would kick in and start.

but this has been taking progressivey more tries...

When it does not start, I don't hear that clicking sound like a bad starter...

it just doesn't make any sound... ( that I can hear)

I am beginning to think it might be:

o Somekind of problem with the ignition switch itself ... I tried tuner cleaner thought.

o Some kind of "relay" to the starter"

o Some kind of starter solinoid problem.

ps: The battery does not seem to be a problem...

a) I've checked it's voltage.

c) I've used a Remote Battery Starter ( Sears DieHard)

c) I've replace the battery with another good one.

Any ideas welcome !!!

Thanks

Roger

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Won't Start when I turn the key-- Good Battery--

[ RX300 1999]

I am having a problem that is getting progressively worse...

When I turn the key; sometimes it will start... sometimes not.

It had been if I tried it ENOUGH TIMES ( turning the key) it would kick in and start.

but this has been taking progressivey more tries...

When it does not start, I don't hear that clicking sound like a bad starter...

it just doesn't make any sound... ( that I can hear)

I am beginning to think it might be:

o Somekind of problem with the ignition switch itself ... I tried tuner cleaner thought.

o Some kind of "relay" to the starter"

o Some kind of starter solinoid problem.

ps: The battery does not seem to be a problem...

a) I've checked it's voltage.

c) I've used a Remote Battery Starter ( Sears DieHard)

c) I've replace the battery with another good one.

Any ideas welcome !!!

Thanks

Roger

The starter can only be engaged in park or neutral, have you tried starting in neutral??

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could be starter contacts this site explains and offers a solution:

http://www.nationsautoelectric.com/instructions.html

However a bad ground connection to the engine or a corroaded battery cable could also be at fault.

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  • 1 month later...

Solution:

It what was called a "FLAT SPOT" on the starter.

As the starter "parks" it does so at a "dead Point"... flat point..

When it is at one of these points it does not get electricty and will not turn over.

As time goes on more and more of these points develope...

It is kind of a Russian Roulet... as to whether the starter will kick in or not.

One solution is a NEW STARTER about $ 200 as I recall.

Installation is pretty easy... I had the shop do it. for 45 min. labor.

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Solution:

It what was called a "FLAT SPOT" on the starter.

As the starter "parks" it does so at a "dead Point"... flat point..

When it is at one of these points it does not get electricty and will not turn over.

As time goes on more and more of these points develope...

It is kind of a Russian Roulet... as to whether the starter will kick in or not.

One solution is a NEW STARTER about $ 200 as I recall.

Installation is pretty easy... I had the shop do it. for 45 min. labor.

I have a 2002 rx and its startng to do this also. Ours does it mayb once a month where it won't start. Is this how it started for you?

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Solution:

It what was called a "FLAT SPOT" on the starter.

As the starter "parks" it does so at a "dead Point"... flat point..

When it is at one of these points it does not get electricty and will not turn over.

As time goes on more and more of these points develope...

You should hear the starter solenoid clicking if this is the issue.

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Won't Start when I turn the key-- Good Battery--

[ RX300 1999]

I am having a problem that is getting progressively worse...

When I turn the key; sometimes it will start... sometimes not.

It had been if I tried it ENOUGH TIMES ( turning the key) it would kick in and start.

but this has been taking progressivey more tries...

When it does not start, I don't hear that clicking sound like a bad starter...

it just doesn't make any sound... ( that I can hear)

I am beginning to think it might be:

o Somekind of problem with the ignition switch itself ... I tried tuner cleaner thought.

o Some kind of "relay" to the starter"

o Some kind of starter solinoid problem.

ps: The battery does not seem to be a problem...

a) I've checked it's voltage.

c) I've used a Remote Battery Starter ( Sears DieHard)

c) I've replace the battery with another good one.

Any ideas welcome !!!

Thanks

Roger

I had the same problem. I took it to the Lexus dealer and I believe the problem was the Idle Air Control Valve (IACV). After they replaced it starts like a champ. I also had a problem with it running very rough and almost (or completely) dieing when I was idling. This air control valve also fixed that problem.

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  • 12 years later...

On 2001 Lexus RX300,,, Yesterday car was Dead,, left key in On position,, few minutes later--something seem as though it recharged,,lights came on in dash. I tried it and vehicle started. Let it run awhile.... cut it off.. tried restarting it and Nope.. it would NOT start. Later..about 15 minutes--Started back. 

Today,, i tried start it up,, Nothing,, DEAD AGAIN!! Had MCA (Motor Club of America) to come,,they tested it and battery was GOOD!! Then tried to start it and Nope,, dash lights, interior, headlights --none of them came on and car was Dead in spite the battery supposed be good. Bought brand New battery December, New alternator January 2021. Was suggested Short Fuse, Starter, Starter Relay or some type of Idle Control Valve. Initially i had a similar problem,,, removed this cheap eBay Master Power window switch and had no more problems. Now car doing it all over again. 

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