Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car doesn't start after sitting for 3 months.

asked by on

My car has not been driven in three months and now will not start. It turns over, and the radio, lights, and AC come on.

A: As long as the only thing that has occurred...

As long as the only thing that has occurred is that the car has not been driven, everything should be ok. As long as all other accessories still work and it is cranking, the battery should still be ok. It is likely that the battery simply does not have enough charge to start the car. I would first recommend having a professional give your vehicle a jump start. If this works, the battery should be ok. If this does not work, the problem likely lies in the fuel or ignition system somehow, which the technician will be able to inspect for you as well to get to the exact cause of your issue.

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: 99 Dodge Ram 1500 gets gutless around 55

It certainly could be. It's a very common thing that would happen with the catalytic converter. Often, it is the catalytic converter or the fuel pump. You can have them both pressure tested. For the catalytic converter, I've got a...

Q: Car will stall while on a red light or at a stop randomly

Hi there. It sounds like the idle air control valve is sticking when you come to a stop. This valve closes when the throttle is open and reopens to maintain idle when you let off the throttle in the case...

Q: Exhaust fumes

The flex pipe may not be properly sealed, especially if you are hearing noise and smelling the exhaust fumes. Return to the facility that replaced the pipe to see if there is anything they can do to correct the situation....

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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.