1998 Lexus es300 - won't start!

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#1

I have a 1998 Lexus ES300 with 120k miles. This morning the car won’t start. The lights seem bright and there is no clicking sound and it barely turns over. I think its the starter that went bad. I have been noticing that the car was taking longer to start, by that I mean increasing number of cranks to start over the past few weeks.

Could it be the battery?




#2

How old is the battery? The battery is more likely to be the problem than the starter.


#3

Yes, it could be the battery. Do you have a way to charge the battery or jump start the car?

I suggest having the battery and the charging system tested. Many auto parts stores will do this free.

I’d bet on the battery before the starter.


#4

After you check the battery and rule it out there is a known problem with denso starters that I believe the es300 has. The contacts in the solenoid wear out. New contacts are easy to find for under $20, but you have to get them installed.


#5

It was the starter. Replaced it and all seems to be o.k.