Q: Car won't start - 2011 Lexus ES350

asked by on

Car won't start. When pressing the start engine button, there is a rapid clicking noise. Tried jump starting the car several times but same issue happened. Everything else in the car still functions including the air conditioning, radio, etc.

My car has 80000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Even though your accessories are still functioning, the rapid clicking noise you are hearing is the battery not having enough power to turn your engine over and start. If your battery does not have at least 12.5 volt it will be very sluggish on starting - your battery should be at 13.5 to 14.5 volt to be a fully charged battery.

You will need to have your battery tested first to determine if its a bad battery or if your alternator is not charging your battery while in operation.

If the battery tests good, the next step would be to test the alternator, and if it test bad you will need to replace it. If you would like to have this all taken care of for you, a technician from YourMechanic can come to you to perform these tests and determine the cause and repair for your vehicle. If you need to have this done, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the starting problem and have this issue addressed.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car won't start - 2011 Lexus ES350

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: My car cranks but doesn't turn over

Hi there. First, we need to determine what is going on. Does it crank and not start? or does the engine not crank/turn over? Cranking and turning over mean the same to technicians. You described it as cranking and not...

Q: Car cranks but won't start - 2001 Pontiac Firebird

Simply put, the engine only requires three things to start: fuel, air, and gas. The car is likely not receiving one of these in the right amount or at the right time. You can do some simple tests to help...

Q: Should I have concerns on a check engine light flashing for 2 seconds just after startup and acceleration?

Hi there. What code/codes are stored in the ECM? Weak ignition coil/coils, oil saturated spark plug wires, worn spark plugs, weak/broken ignition coil electrical connectors (very common on the Toyota/Lexus straight 6 cylinder engines), cracked/split intake hose chamber (also common),...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...