My Toyota Avalon Won't Start

by Eric Cedric

The Toyota Avalon is a sedan-style automobile. Toyota markets these cars as luxury-class family sedans. If you have an Avalon that is not starting up, there are several ways to troubleshoot the problem and get back on the road. Before calling a shop or tow truck, run through this checklist and see if that doesn't take care of the problem.

Turn the ignition on and listen for a clicking noise that is repetitive, much like a machine gun. If it is present, turn on the radio, lights or other electric systems to see if there is a charge in the battery. If the lights or radio don't come on, the battery is dead and needs to be charged.

Open the hood of the Avalon and have another car park in front of it. Open that car's hood and attach a black jumper cable to the black terminal on the running auto. Attach a red cable to the red battery terminal on the running vehicle. Then extend the cords and attach the black cord to the black terminal on the Avalon's battery and the red cable to the red terminal on the Avalon's battery. Start the Avalon and let the battery charge.

Open the gas tank and unscrew the cap if you have lights but no ignition. This is most likely caused by lack of gas. Check the fuel gauge to see what the gas level is. Pour two to three gallons from a fuel can into the Avalon gas tank. Put the gas tank cap back on and turn the ignition on.

Grip the automatic gear shifter and check that it is in Park. If it isn't, push the gear shifter into Park and turn the ignition on. The Avalon will not start unless the gear is in Park.

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About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.