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Engine will not start. Good battery and turning over strong.

Spark plugs are getting spark and fuel is getting to the intake. Attempts to start a little.

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  • brassem Jan 13, 2009

    I have the same problem, new battery in May, replaced started and electrical coil. I still have trouble with it not wanting to start occassionaly.



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Had the same problem on my ES300, I was stunned when told I needed to replace the starter. I did and now it starts like a champ. Turns out after several years, starters can go bad. Good luck...

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