Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > GS Models > GS - Second Generation
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Must turn key several times to start car?

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-30-10, 05:23 PM   #1
mleads
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: ny
Posts: 6
Default Must turn key several times to start car?

I have searched thru old posts and can't seem to find this issue so I'm hoping someone can help me here.

I have a 2000 Lexus GS300 with 150K on it.

2months ago my car was giving me the following problems when trying to start. I would turn the key to the 2nd position, all guages, lights etc would work properly, but when I turned the key to actually start the car....all I would hear is a "CLICK" sound.... I would have to turn the key several times (each time hearing a "CLICK" sound) before the car would actually crank and start. I went to the mechanic and he tested it out said the alternaotr was fine but the battery was no good....so I replaced the battery. 2months go by (present day) and I am having the same problem, went to the mechanic he said the new battery that was put in is still good and can't figure out what the problem is?


any idea what the problem is? I cant find out where that "CLICK" sound is coming from and Im guesing a bad relay or some electrical connection?


thank you in advance
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
mleads is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-10, 05:57 PM   #2
lexusben
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (3)
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 588
Default

Clean MAF and Throttle Body. I used to start my car up and it would start up rough and then die and I would try to start it again and the clicking you described would happen. After I cleaned my TB and my MAF everything was better.
__________________
1998 GS 400.
lexusben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-10, 05:57 PM   #3
McKrevice
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (1)
 
McKrevice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: The State of Hockey
Posts: 901
Default

Starter

/thread
__________________
This Space For Rent
McKrevice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-10, 06:02 PM   #4
mleads
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: ny
Posts: 6
Default

[ Im not sure how the TB would effect the electrical issuse of start up. When the car does actually start it runs extremely smooth.
mleads is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-10, 06:02 PM   #5
mleads
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: ny
Posts: 6
Default

is there a specific reason why u believe its the starter?
mleads is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-10, 06:09 PM   #6
RLGS300
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 458
Default

definitely starter, seen this before
RLGS300 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-10, 06:22 PM   #7
skperformance
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (6)
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Mississauga,Ontario,Canada
Posts: 3,489
Default

bad battery leads to carbon deposits on the solenoid meaning it only gets worse as time goes on.
A strong battery coupled with a car that is not idled all the time since it will not get the battery to a higher than a voltage of 12vdc . Most common problem is people just idle the car and drain the battery without driving it again to get it back up. Also start by replacing ground wires as well.
__________________
350 000km avg 8-10 Liters per 100km
2009 Toronto Lexus Meet Schedule My 98 LS My 94 ES

skperformance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-10, 06:47 AM   #8
Infamous 1
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (20)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: VA
Posts: 3,479
Default

Starter is going bad.
__________________
'04 E55 AMG
NELOC
Infamous 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-10, 07:05 AM   #9
FrankT
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
Posts: 638
Default

At 150k miles your starter contacts are done...
__________________

1998 GS300 210k; white for the wife- Bone stock.
1998 GS400 240k; black for me. BC Racing BR series Coilovers 10k/8k, Daizen control arm bushings.
1991 FJ80 235k; lifted and bumper-ed, ready for expedition.
FrankT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-10, 01:02 PM   #10
mleads
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: ny
Posts: 6
Default

you guys have been awesome. Now im going to look up instal insturctions for the starter. any suggestions on instal or even where and what type of starter to purchase?
mleads is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-10, 01:49 PM   #11
DSM2GS400
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Ontario
Posts: 167
Default

Just went through the same thing myself...
Problem lasted approx. 1 year before I had to bite the bullet and get it fixed...
BUT your starter my die before that...
It is your starter solenoid, not necc. the starter. BUT it worked out to be only about $150 extra to replace the entire unit.
I was able to live with this for a long time before it became an issue, not a big deal turning the key a couple of times...

The starter is sandwiched between the intake and the engine block. About 6 hours labour... + new intake gasket, etc... unless you are really good with this type of stuff probably best to let the shop handle it + you will get a warranty
__________________
98 Lexus GS400
Sneaky fast...
白求恩

04 Cadillac XLR
Thunder Grey
#000075
DSM2GS400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-10, 02:32 PM   #12
FrankT
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
Posts: 638
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mleads View Post
you guys have been awesome. Now im going to look up instal insturctions for the starter. any suggestions on instal or even where and what type of starter to purchase?
1999 Lexus GS 400 Starting Problems

This thread, has good info about the starter removal, rebuilding and replacing.
As well as cost of what some folks have paid to have it done.
__________________

1998 GS300 210k; white for the wife- Bone stock.
1998 GS400 240k; black for me. BC Racing BR series Coilovers 10k/8k, Daizen control arm bushings.
1991 FJ80 235k; lifted and bumper-ed, ready for expedition.
FrankT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-10, 08:56 AM   #13
eskaeone
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (15)
 
eskaeone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: NYNJ..
Posts: 828
Citilyfe182 MONSTERISLANDCZAR
Default ........................

Just be glad that the starter is not under the intake manifold like the GS4..lol pain in the a$$..
__________________
Stay in School. Use the hard stuff in moderation.
eskaeone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-10, 08:56 AM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Tags
400, avhp4000dvd, battery, car, click, diesel, draining, engine, gs, key, pioneer, quickly, start, starter, starting, times, turn, work

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:02 AM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info