With the lack of other symptoms, I doubt if there is anything wrong with the
To diagnose the condition, install a fuel pressure gauge at the injector
rail, note the fuel pressure there, and park overnight. If fuel pressure
gradually decreases, the fuel pressure regulator may be bleeding down. The
long cranking time is what it takes for the fuel pump to build up sufficient
pressure and volume to start the car.
Hello and Thanks fot all of you for the help. I turned the key to see
if I would hear the fuel pump energize but nothing. I had a bmw which
when I turned the key it would buzz for a couple of seconds but the
lexus doesnt do this. I changed out the plugs today for good measure
and will see what it does tomorrow morning. Im still leaning toward the
IAC(idle air control valve). When the car is cold and I unplug the iac
the idle will rev up and down. When the engine is warm and I unplug it
nothing happens besides my car has a low idle when warmed up..should be
600 +/- in park with warm engine..Im at 400 in park with warm engine...
The iac is a large contraption at the front of the motor not near the
throttlebody. There are coolant lines going into as well. I pulled out
the piece that rotates(with 2 bearings on it) and am not sure if this
works or not ...but might try to replace the bearings as the iac costs
$700 for a new one....would a bad iac cause the hard start in the
morning as well??? Thanks again:)
A bad IAC can cause poor idling but it is not likely to cause long cranking
times after a cold soak. You can try cleaning the moving parts of the IAC
with throttle body or carb cleaner, and it may improve idling but I would be
surprised if it fixes the long cranking times.
If you can rent, borrow, or buy a fuel pressure gauge, you can see if fuel
pressure drops overnight. If so, the fuel pressure regulator is bleeding
down and the fuel pump has to re-pressurize the fuel lines for the engine to
I would not waste time listening to see if you can hear the fuel pump
because if the engine does eventually start, the fuel pump is good. If the
fuel pump is bad, the car won't start.
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