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'98 Lexus ES300 Won't Start--But Has New Battery!

About a month ago, my '98 Lexus ES300 wouldn't start. I jumped it, then it worked. This happened almost everyday for 2 weeks. I finally got a new battery and cables installed. Everything was great for a week. Then today, it wouldn't start again. I tried to jump it. But this time, it won't turn at all. Any ideas?

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  • LuvMyLex Nov 03, 2008

    Thanks Nick. I'll give it a try. On an earlier posting, someone mentioned changing the idle control valve? Any thoughts on this? Carol. (aka LuvMyLex)

  • beezy323 Apr 16, 2009

    my 97 lexus es300 will not start. when i turn the key it clicks.

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  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    I have a 98 mustang that just stopped starting last night and bought a brand new battery today and still won't start Any ideas on what the problem is or what I should do next?

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If your is exhibiting the same signs as a dead battery it really sounds like your alternator is bad. If you are handy, you can remove the alternator and take it to an autoparts store like autozone and they will test it for you. This is not a hard job to do, usually 2 electrical connections, 3-5 mounting bolts and you have to pop the belt off. Just reverse it to install a new one. Good luck! - Nick

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  • nam11b Nov 08, 2008

    I highly doubt it would be the valve, I would lean more towards ignition control than a valve, but I need more info to better diagnose. What actually happens when you turn the key? Nothing? Clicking? Engine turns, but doesn't start? For a new battery to fix the issue for a week really seems like an alternator to me.

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