Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Audi A3 won't start

asked by on

My Audi A3 will click but not start when a flashing brake sign comes on the dash screen. Also many lights flash on dash such as: ABS, alternator, steering wheel, and traction. Sometimes the dashboard lights will not appear as well as brake sign and car will start fine. Tried to jump start but it still wont start and recently battery had died completely.

My car has 112000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. ...

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The battery has lost all of the amperage that the battery can hold. I recommend replacing the battery with a new battery and retesting your vehicle. If a battery voltage is too low or the cells are burned inside the battery, then the battery will not hold a charge. Newer cars do not work like older cars where you can remove the ground cable and the vehicle continues to run. Newer cars will stall out due to no power to the computer. If you would like to have an expert pinpoint the problem, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car's location to inspect the no-start issue and follow through with repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: New motor, ran good one week but now will not start. Changed multiple sensors. It will try and start with the throttle body wide open

Hi there. The first thing you could do is check all fuses. On some vehicles, for example, the fuse to the power door lock provides power to a module that initiates a "start" signal to the PCM. Although you do...

Q: Transmission is skipping 3rd gear

Hi there. Is the check engine light on? Are there any stored codes that may lead us to a specific system? Does the transmission have the correct amount of fluid? Aside from the electrical and any codes stored, there could...

Q: Motor turning over no fire getting anywhere

The engine needs spark, air, and fuel to start and run. Short of an intake obstruction, air is almost always present. That leaves spark and fuel as causes. Any number of components can be at fault. Lack of spark can...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.