ENGINE SHUTS OFF WHEN TURNING ON HEADLIGH

1995 Lexus ES 350

Tiny

roadchief

January, 16, 2009 AT 6:55 PM

Electrical problem
1995 Lexus ES 350 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 169000 miles

Just like the subject. Car won't start in the morning (no crank/turnover). Jump the car. Car starts with no problem. Running smoothly.

Turn on the headlights, engine shuts off.

Repeatable.

I'm guessing a bad bulb or ground, but really don't even know the correct method to hunt down such a problem.

Thanks

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Tiny

BMRFIXIT

January, 16, 2009 AT 7:13 PM

Suspect a faulty battery / check alternator

remove and replace the battery
check clean and tighten the terminals
start and check the charging system
with engine running

Tiny

kevin12881

January, 16, 2009 AT 7:14 PM

Alternator. Not charging battery well enough, and not enough power to run lights. Ther could be a few other reasons, but go to advanced and they will test the alternator for you. If it is not the alternator then we can go from there.

Tiny

kevin12881

January, 16, 2009 AT 7:17 PM

Did you post comment twice? Advanced will lso check battery, so will auto zone and others. And all for free might I add

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