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LS400 sedan 1998 will not start. When I insert the key, the dashboard lits up and the steering wheel moves but when I turn the key, I only hear a click. This happened before in the past but if I keep turning the key, the car will crank eventually. The battery and contacts look good...head lights turn on, fan runs.

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  • visresinc May 13, 2009

    lexus won't strt lights come on ac, radio abd starts after several attempts. Will continue to start throughout the day but the next day the same problem occurs. What could it be? Spark plugs, starter?



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Bad sater. it sets under intake manifold and takes about 4 to 5 hours to replace,.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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    Mike Vincent May 20, 2009

    bad sater. it sets under intake manifold and takes about 4 to 5 hours to replace,.

  • Mike Vincent
    Mike Vincent May 20, 2009

    you have a bad starter.



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