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


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.

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