Mystery, intermittent "no crank" problem. Toyota Avalon 2003


Asked by Dec 20, 2015 at 01:28 PM about the 2003 Toyota Avalon XL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi all! My 2003 Toyota Avalon occasionally doesn't crank. No clicking no nothing. This happen about once or twice a month. No cranking whatsoever. However, usually, after a couple of minutes it cranks right up strong like there's never been a problem. The dash lights up. The battery is new and tested strong. The cables are all tight, the starter has also been tested to be good. It just seems to fix itself after a short amount of time.

This has been going on for more than 5 years. Now, yesterday I had my annual car inspected in order to renew my car registration. The computer reported 3 things, (1) "Crankshaft Position Sensor A Circuit Malfunction" (2) "Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction" (3) "Camshaft Position Sensor "A" Circuit Bank 2”.

The intermittent, non cranking issue actually occurred at the service station just moments before it was driven into the inspection bay. So, I'm wondering if there's a scenario where those failing position sensors might might cause the computer to not allow the starter to crank at all? What do you think? Many thanks! -Rob

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Before you dig deep into this, try a different key to start the car. I don't know about Toyotas but I have a 93 Cadillac that I had just worn the key down enough to a point that the ignition would not recognize the resistor chip imbedded in the key.


Just tried another key. No dice. :( Thanks but no luck. Anyone?

Shahzad Riasat

If its intermittent then it must be Autotransmission shifter cable linakge problem. Linkage bushing must be broken. Replace it, its $5-$10 thing

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