Won’t start

The problem was diagnosed by a mechanic as being the fuel pump. I changed it only to find out that it was the connector to the fuel pump. I changed it as well and the car started. Drove it up the street and it would not start again. I do have fuel pressure but it will not turn over.I've checked the fuses and relays but nothing is out of order…I'm stumped!?

My car has 218000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. From the description you have provided, the vehicle not starting, replacing the fuel pump and connector, driving and won’t turn over, all sound like separate issues. It could be, the vehicle’s security system keeping the engine from turning over. If the security light operates normally. It could also be that, the starter decided to fail. Assuming, the battery terminal connections are clean and tight. A circuit test to the starter signal wire, could rule out a faulty starter relay or a faulty ignition switch.

With an assistant and a test light, disconnect the signal wire (small gauge wire) at the starter, clip the test light to the negative battery terminal or good ground, probe the signal wire connector with other end, and have your assistant turn the ignition switch to the crank position. This should light the test light, if it does, starter has failed. If, it does not light, further testing is required to confirm the diagnoses. I recommend having your vehicle’s no start issue be diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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If your car doesn`t start with a new fuel pump, chances are the fuel pump is either not hooked up right or is broken. Double check that the pump is correctly installed and all hose attachments are plugged in. Next, check for any blockages along the fuel line—this can also cause your car not to start.
The most common reasons a Lexus GS300 won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
If your vehicle`s fuel pump cannot get gas from the tank to the engine, you will have trouble starting your car. The car will struggle to start and run because the pump cannot push enough gas through. A worn pump loses its pressure and the engine is being starved of gasoline.
The most common reasons a Lexus ES350 won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.
Bad Sensors

One common culprit for this problem is the crankshaft position sensor, which measures the position and speed of the crankshaft. The computer uses the information from this sensor to know when to fire the spark plugs. If the sensor isn`t working, the spark plugs won`t fire, keeping the engine from starting.

Note: The fuel pump shut off switch reset button is usually located either under the dash in the driver compartment or under the driver or passenger seat. Just move the seat forward and pull back on the carpet or popping off the cover under the seat to access the switch.
Why Won`t My Car Start? When your engine cranks but won`t start or run, it could mean your engine is having trouble producing a spark, getting fuel, or creating compression. The most common causes are problems in the ignition (for example, a bad ignition coil) or fuel system (for example, a clogged fuel filter).
Connected to the battery is the alternator, which works to generate power for your vehicle`s electrical components. When you have a brand-new battery but still can`t start the car, the alternator might be the issue. Cold and damp climates may increase wear on an alternator, causing it to fail.
If the pump makes no sound, the good news is the cause might be a blown fuse. Locate the fuel pump fuse and relay. If it`s blown, replace the fuse with another of the same amperage.
The most common reasons a Lexus ES300 won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.
The crankshaft position sensor monitors the position and speed of the crankshaft and other parameters that play an important role when starting the engine. If the crankshaft position sensor is having a problem, the vehicle may have intermittent starting issues or not start at all.
Yes, you can drive with a bad oxygen sensor if you can still start your engine and feel little difficulty driving. But don`t leave it alone for over a couple of days, as it might cause safety problems and lead to the malfunction of other parts of your vehicle.
The basic operating system for an electric fuel pump is relatively simple. When the key is turned on, the powertrain control module (PCM) closes the fuel pump relay, which activates the fuel pump for about three seconds to pressurize the fuel injectors.
Once the switch has tripped it must be reset before attempting to restart the engine. The inertia switch is located behind the trim on the left-hand side of the vehicle, forward of the front door post, below the fascia. A finger access hole in the trim allows the driver to reset the switch. !
A Bad Crankshaft Position Sensor

The crankshaft position sensor monitors the position and rotational speeds of the crankshaft. Without the crank sensor, the engine control module (ECM) wouldn`t know when to fire the fuel injectors and ignite the spark plugs.

Can a bad spark plug cause a car not to start? Yes. The spark plug ignites the fuel/air mixture inside the cylinder. If the fuel doesn`t burn, the engine doesn`t make power.
A Bad Crankshaft Position (CKP) Sensor

If the crankshaft position sensor has failed completely, it will not send a signal to the (ECU) at all. Then, the computer won`t send any fuel to the injectors. This will leave you unable to start the car.

If no spark appears, check for broken wires, shorts, grounds or a defective stop switch. Once you have confirmed that the stop switch is working, reconnect the spark plug lead.
If you`re unable to start your vehicle, check and see if the headlights and dash lights come on. If they shine bright and clear, that means that the battery and alternator are likely not the cause of the problem. If they were, there wouldn`t be enough power to run the lights.
A poor connection can cause enough resistance to lower the amount of voltage reaching the pump. This causes the pump to turn more slowly than it should, and can shorten the life of the pump. Replacing the vehicle side connector should solve the issues with poor connections, but sometimes causes another problem.
Debris blocking the suction strainer or foot valve is the most common cause. A blockage in the intake line can cause the water in the pump casing to overheat and literally boil out of the casing causing the pump to lose prime.
Press the start button once without depressing/pushing the brake to activate the vehicle`s accessory/battery mode. For vehicles not equipped with the smart key system (traditional key): Turn the key in the ignition system to the first position to activate the vehicle`s accessory mode.
The most common reasons a Lexus RX330 won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.

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