car wont stop cranking

Asked by Feb 25, 2015 at 11:32 AM about the 2002 Lexus GS 300 Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

hey i am new to this don't even know if i am asking for help in the right place but here it goes. i woke up to a dead battery today when i went to jump start the car the minute i put the jumper cables the car started cranking on its own with no key in the ignition. so i then took the jumper cable off went in the car and put the key in the ignition and put it in the on position i then went to jump the car again and again the car started cranking the minute i put the jumper cables on now the car started but still keeps cranking. ok now i took the wire going to the starter off and obviously the car stopped cranking and its still running but i have no dashboard lights but when i put the car in drive the dashboard lights come on and then when i put the car back in park the dashboard lights turn off again and the car shuts off. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!

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The starter solenoid may be stuck; gently tap on the starter motor in the hope that it will unstick it. The electrical malfunctions are either related to the starter wire you unplugged, or maybe the car alarm is malfunctioning too? Lock and unlock the car using its key in the drivers door.

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