Why will my car turn on but won't stay on? I put the key in the ignition an crank up the car. It starts very briefly but then shuts off right away.

Asked by Aug 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM about the 1999 Lexus ES 300

Question type: General

It's had this problem before but not
this bad I've always been able to get
it to start. I thought it was just a bad
connection to the battery, but I don't
think that's the case this time I've
tried tightening the terminals, an
making sure there wasn't rust or
grime on them.

1 Answer

35

Have the idle air control valve cleaned. Get someone to do it who has cleaned one before, so they don't damage the bearing inside.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Car won't start 5 answers

    I have a 96 es300 Lexus . Sometimes it won't start right away.. I hear a click sound , but it won't start .. After a few back and forth turns of the key it'll start.. I'm thinking ignition switch ...

    1996 Lexus ES 300 Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Timing Belt Question 19 answers

    I have been told my timing belt has broken and the entire engine needs to be replaced on my 2002 Lexus ES 300. I can see the belt, the car will start (barely) and then dies. Di I really need a new...

    2002 Lexus ES 300 Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • ES300 battery light not on but won't turn over without a jump? 3 answers

    Hi, I had been away for about a week and came back to colder weather (nothing out of the ordinary) the car wouldn't start before work. I was able to get a jump from someone and drove to work fine. ...

    Lexus ES 300

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Lexus 2002 ES 300 RED Oil Light ON and then Engine Light ON 2 answers

    I have a 2002 es 300 lexus with 157K miles. While driving RED oil light on, engine light on and stops suddenly. Engine doesn't start at all. took to Service center told needs new engine. tried to st...

    2002 Lexus ES 300 Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car having trouble unlocking. Is it an actuator problem? 2 answers

    Car doors won't unlock with the remote but has no problem locking. Also one day when I tried unlocking from inside the car using the car doors it would lock and then unlock right away. Haven't ha...

    1998 Lexus GS 400

    -

    General

Search Lexus ES 300 Questions

Lexus ES 300 Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,260
#2 rockajean
rockajean
Reputation 440
#3 Scott Vetter
Scott Vetter
Reputation 410
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Lexus GS 300
29 Great Deals out of 771 listings starting at $2,495
Used Toyota Camry
1,011 Great Deals out of 90,532 listings starting at $650
Used Honda Accord
803 Great Deals out of 84,448 listings starting at $988
Used Toyota Avalon
190 Great Deals out of 13,509 listings starting at $2,211
Used Acura TL
227 Great Deals out of 6,280 listings starting at $1,200
Used Lexus LS 400
221 listings
Used Lexus RX 300
12 Great Deals out of 815 listings starting at $2,200
Used BMW 3 Series
980 Great Deals out of 31,676 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Corolla
773 Great Deals out of 73,085 listings starting at $1,260

Used Cars For Sale

2003 Lexus ES 300 For Sale
231 listings starting at $3,100
2002 Lexus ES 300 For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 221 listings starting at $1,800

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.