1995 LEXUS ES 350 ENGINE SHUTS OFF WHEN TURNING ON HEADLIGH

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  • roadchief
  • 1995 Lexus ES 350

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

Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 6:55 PM

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  • BMRFIXIT
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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

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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 7:13 PM
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  • kevin12881
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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.

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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 7:14 PM
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  • kevin12881
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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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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 7:17 PM

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