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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:39 pm    Post subject: Starter motor maybe Reply with quote

Funny problem. Lexus 2.5TT 1994. It wont turn the starter motor so car wont start. When I put the key in and switch to start the engine the dashboard lights dim almost out , I can hear the fuel pump running but the starter motor does not engage and turn the engine. However if I have the headlights on they do NOT dim as I try to stsrt the car. only the dsshboard and associated bits dim almost out. Battery terminals are all OK and tight, `Strange problem.... Where is the starter motor relay situated? Help please. I maybe could try and check this out first. Peter
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi peter i am not 100% sure there is a starter relay , i would first check wiring down to starter then carryout the old school short across the starter terminals to engage the starter trick , i no the contacts in the solenoid do burn out so this maybe the problem , just think yourself lucky you have a tt not a v8 if you need to do a stater swap Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be the starter solenoid not operating which I think is part of the starter unit, as I had a V8 I have no knowledge of the tt layout so can't point you in the right direction.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: Starter motor maybe Reply with quote

`Strange problem.... Where is the starter motor relay situated? Help please. I maybe could try and check this out first.

Still searching for the correct relay ... if there is a relay between the starter solenoid and the battery, is it one of the relays under the front nearside fuse box? any help appreciated as i cannot get under the car to reach the solenoid etc. Is there a contact / pin on a relay that is the direct feed to the solenoid so that I could put 12v to it and see if the engine cranks? `Peter
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you really need to check the wiring at the starter if this is corroded or loose looking elsewhere is pointless , if wiring is ok then do the link over on the terminals to test the starter if all is ok then start looking elsewhere
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to do this but as I cannot move the car or get underneath it that's a bit difficult... hence trying first to see if current is flowing to the solenoid by checking voltage on its supply feed which must be from one of the relay terminals.....
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is the nearest Soarer expert /garage near to west london ? Richmond ?? that has experience in changing a starter motor and could giver me an estimate ?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

to be honest any good garage should be able to change a starter on a tt , like i said earlier if it was a v8 that would be a different story , have you worked out that it is a starter fault now
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dazzav8 Said:
to be honest any good garage should be able to change a starter on a tt , like i said earlier if it was a v8 that would be a different story , have you worked out that it is a starter fault now



Have fixed it. A sharp blow on the solenoid which was jammed , Hey Hey Engine cranks Ok!
I think I may replace the starter but at least I can now drive to the garage ! Thank to all.
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought it would be he solenoid, it usually is,may just need a bit of grease if the coil is ok.It's amazing what a sharp tap will do on a starter motor. Very Happy
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