Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: 1995 Lexus ES 300 won't stay running

asked by on

When I start my car, it runs for about 20 seconds and then stops. If I keep my foot on the brake pedal while starting it, it will stay idling until I put the car in gear. Then it cuts out. My fluids are OK, and there's gas in the car.

Based on the symptoms listed, I suspect an electronic or computer issue. Mainly because of the part about the brake pedal. I would recommend having an inspection performed on your vehicle to determine why your car is starting and then dying. A scan tool may be needed in order to get readings from certain modules or sensors within the vehicle. If any sensors are not producing a signal, this may be causing your issue. Repair any electrical faults in your vehicle as soon as possible as faulty electronics can be irritating.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Hello, I have a 98 Lexus LS400. I bought the alternator already, if you were to come install/replace it, would you still charge fo

You are welcome to buy your own parts and book a certified mechanic from YourMechanic to install those parts or perform associated repairs. In your circumstance, the procedure is to go to YourMechanic's alternator replacement service page. At that page,...

Q: Service "A" with low tire pressure reading needing scheduled maintenance.

Service A is supposed to be performed after the first year/10,000 miles of ownership, then every 2 years/20,000 miles going forward. This service includes: Oil and filter change Resetting of the maintenance reminder Tire condition/pressure check (this will...

Q: I own a 2000 mercury sable LS DOHC and yesterday I changed my cyclinder 3 coil and my car ran better then ever but I went to start

Hello. There are 2 likely sources of the white smoke - which is engine coolant getting into the exhaust system. The lower intake manifold gasket can leak coolant into the air intake and a blown headgasket - common on these...

Related articles

How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.