I have a 2001 Lexus RX300. Ignition seems to work, but the engine just doesn't crank. I'd like to fix this problem myself.
Here's some details:
- When the key is turned to "on", the lights come on. When the key is turned to "ignition", the lights all go black, and sometimes there is a very quiet click in the engine compartment, sometimes there is no click. When the key is turned back to "on" from "ignition", the lights remain black. The key needs to be removed from the ignition for ~30 seconds for this to happen again; otherwise, it just stays black.
- The battery voltage remains at about 12 V throughout the entire process.
What is the process for diagnosing a problem? There are a lot of suggestions on the internet about what it could be (loose ground cable, bad starter, bad coil, bad ignition switch) but I'd like to narrow it down a bit.
- When the key is "on", and I push the brake pedal, the lights immediately shut off. When the key is "off", and I hold down the brake pedal, nothing happens.
I attempted to reset the immobilizer at the suggestion of @MTA. Here are the steps:
a. Get out and close driver's door. Insert key in driver's door lock.
b. Turn key to lock.
c. Turn key to unlock. Remove key.
d. Press LOCK on remote.
e. Press UNLOCK on remote.
f. Get in the car and see if it starts.
Before I could do this, I need to mention that the "Master Power Window Switch" has been broken for more than a year. I had to reconnect it in order to use the remote. I did this, and the remote seemed to work.