Lexus Troubleshooting Questions? Ask a Lexus Expert
Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you. Please describe your click noise please. Is it one click when you try to start it or is it a series of clicks? Please advise.
I am sorry to have to disagree with your mechanic; your starter is not 'fine'. You have worn contacts inside the starter solenoid. The click you hear is the solenoid operating. When the key is turned to start, the solenoid is energized. This causes the solenoid to move and, when it does, it clicks. When it clicks into place, it causes a set of contacts to touch which allows all of the battery electricity to flow into the starter motor which causes it to spin and start the car. The remedy here would be to do one of the following:
1) Remove the starter and replaced the worn solenoid plunger and contact set
2) replace the starter with another unit (a new solenoid comes with the replacement starter)
Either way you go, this is the actual issue here; the starter solenoid is not sending the power to the starter motor.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reply. Please do confirm that you have received my input. Thanks.