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I have a peugeot 206xsi 1.6. the car has trouble starting it chooses when it wants to start. any ideas? it has petrol in it and the battery is fine.

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What happens when you try to start it? Do you hear the starter solenoid "click?" Does the engine turn over at all? Or does it do absolutely nothing?

The first (and easiest) thing to do is make sure the battery posts are clean and making a good connection.

Turn on the headlights of the car and watch them as someone else tries to start the car. If the lights go very dim or go out completely, chances are you are getting power to the starter (starting circuit is working) but it's not cranking.

If you have a volt meter, check the voltage of the battery just to make sure it's good. Should be just over 12 volts just testing it across the posts or from the positive post to a good ground. Not entirely sure about a Lexus, but you should be able to check voltage between the negative battery post and the large connector on the starter. I'm thinking it should read battery voltage, 12 volts. Then check the voltage between the battery and the smaller connector on the starter, which is the starter solenoid. Should be no voltage until someone turns the ignition ON, then it should read about 12 volts as well. If you get voltage to the starter when the ignition is turned to start and there's no cranking, the starter is shot. If you get NO voltage to the starter, then it's probably something else like a starter relay, fuse, or ignition switch. (More than likely if it's determined it's not a bad starter, it's probably a relay or a fuse. Ignition switches do go bad, but all things considered it's probably the most reliable part of the ignition system.)

If you hear the starter solenoid "click" when you turn the ignition to start, but the engine won't crank, you could try to tap the starter. Sometimes they get stuck which means the starter is on it's way out and needs to be replaced. But tapping it might get it to work a few times before it finally gives up completely. Sometimes you have to "tap" it pretty hard if you know what I mean. ;-)

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Probably some faulty wiring or maybe a dodgy fuse which is about to clap out and works sometime but not others. Don't know about Peugeot's sorry.

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