Exception in rendering!

Message: window is not defined

ReferenceError: window is not defined
    at new c (/tmp/execjs20161208-80463-8xp230js:136:3912)
    at m.mountComponent (/tmp/execjs20161208-80463-8xp230js:47:15602)
    at /tmp/execjs20161208-80463-8xp230js:49:31860
    at a.r.perform (/tmp/execjs20161208-80463-8xp230js:47:12503)
    at Object.a [as renderToString] (/tmp/execjs20161208-80463-8xp230js:49:31821)
    at r (/tmp/execjs20161208-80463-8xp230js:50:21164)
    at Object.S.ReactOnRails.serverRenderReactComponent (/tmp/execjs20161208-80463-8xp230js:32:6073)
    at eval (eval at <anonymous> (/tmp/execjs20161208-80463-8xp230js:173:8), <anonymous>:10:23)
    at eval (eval at <anonymous> (/tmp/execjs20161208-80463-8xp230js:173:8), <anonymous>:17:3)
    at /tmp/execjs20161208-80463-8xp230js:173:8

Q: Can jumping a car "backwards" cause a complete meltdown?(bad alternator, bad condenser fan, bad brake switch, bad ecu).

asked by on

It all started when my car just wouldn't start one morning. It would crank, but wouldn't come on. So I tried to give it a jump, connected both positive terminals, the negative on the charged battery to the frame on the dead car. Still nothing. Towed it to a family mechanic and he said the ECU went bad, you have to take it to the dealer to have it replaced and programmed.

Hyundai wanted $1400. We replaced it, they fired it up, and got some codes, and found the alternator was bad, the battery was bad, and a brake control switch was bad. They claimed I jumped the car backwards....Replaced all of that, now at $2400 and one month later.

I pick the car up yesterday, drive it home, and park it. Run upstairs to get my new insurance card. Come back down, turn the car on, open glove box only for it to fall out completely, leaving all my papers on the floor. Then I hear gas escaping from the engine, and a cloud of white steam/smoke coming from the battery side of my car.

My car has 120000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there. From the description you have pro...

Hi there. From the description you have provided, jumping the vehicle's battery backwards can cause multiple electronic failures. All the repairs done at the dealership could have been warrantied. The glove box falling out and white steam/smoke from the battery area should not have happened, after picking your vehicle up from the dealership. The question ended with, "I take the car back to". Not knowing what the rest is, makes it difficult for me to respond. Other than to say, your vehicle's falling out glove box and white/smoke coming from the battery area should be covered by the repair warranty. If, you are not receiving satisfaction from the dealership. I would recommend having your vehicle's electrical problems be diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Car won't start - 2004 Ford Focus

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check the battery cables for more corrosion and clean them up again. You may need to put backing soda and water mixture on the terminals to clean the corrosion completely off. Make sure that...

Q: Too much vibration from the engine when I stop on the road during drive, I hear some sound when I make a left turn.

You could have both of those problems. The ticking sound when you turn is most likely the CV joint. As for the vibration at a stop, an engine mount will usually show signs while driving as well, but not always....

Q: Can't press the gas and car won't stay crank

Hello. This may be a sign of a failing throttle position sensor. The throttle position sensor is a sensor used to monitor the throttle position of the throttle plate inside the throttle body in relation to your foot position on...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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.