by Don from Methuen, MA 01844
Well for starters, I have been having an issue with my 2011 Kia for at least 2 months. Many dead batteries, non starts and two trips to the local mechanics and they couldn't diagnose the problem. All they said was its an open circuit issue. If your car dies again bring it to the dealer. NOT ACCEPTABLE! To go forward, Danny showed up on time and was very professional and knowledgeable. Danny spent many hours to diagnose my issue. We discussed many reasons for my battery drain and non starts. He detected an issue with my brake switch. It was faulty and was giving an open circuit that was draining my battery. At first he did an electrical lead test, it said it was fine. Danny still was not convinced since the switch moved and didn't seem right. He removed it from my vehicle and did several lead tests on it. Sometimes it said ok and others said it was faulty. This explains all my issues..The local auto parts store didn't have it in stalk, so Danny went out of his way to find one and return to install it. Guess what, My car starts fine now with no issues. What was the problem (people with a Kia Optima may ask with same issue ). I'm not the first, maybe rare, however, there is a problem with the brake light switch. It is located behind the brake pedal and is electronically connected to the vehicle. When faulty, even slightly, it can cause a failure and keep the car from starting. It may even make you think your battery is bad and buy a new one. That maybe true as well, however a bad brake light switch can cause a possible reverse negative feedback to the computer keeping your car from starting , draining the battery so bad because it causes an open circuit Yip crazy right. The price for the part rangers between $12 and some change to $21 and some change. In final, Danny recharged the battery and changed out the part. Car started right up and is great. Thank you Danny ten times over and to " Your Mechanic.com" . Wish I knew of you all years ago. The amount of savings compared to a dealer was amazing.