Q: Car lost acceleration, now it will not start.

asked by on

Two night ago I was driving and my car began to lose power. It was still running but when I pressed on the gas the car would not accelerate. The check engine and parking break lights would flash when I pressed on the gas and when I turned on my 4 way hazard lights. I turned the car off and tried to restart it, nothing happened. The key would turn, and lights would come on but nothing else. I parked the car and bought a new battery. Installed the battery and my car drove fine. Drove about 20 miles that night and then again the following morning. Yesterday afternoon I left my house and was about 5 miles down the road when I heard a grinding sound and my car began to lose power again, the same way it had the night before. I was able to jump start it and get it home where it's now parked until I understand what is wrong. The key will turn and lights come on but all I hear is one solid click. Alternator was replaced in May, battery 2 days ago, AC compressor and belts in August.

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

Hello. When dealing with an issue like this, there are so many components that can effect stalling and starting that we need to start with the basics. Once of which is to simply make sure the battery is charged. If its not then the alternator is not working and your attention needs to lie there. If the battery has 10 volts or more, then you need to take a look at the wiring between the battery and the starter. Make sure all of these connections are clean, dry, and tight. If the starting system and battery were working correctly, you would at least have the vehicle attempt to crank over. The click you hear is an indication that the starter is not receiving or using the power supply it needs to crank the engine. Double check the starter, battery, grounds, all wiring related, and the connections. If the issue is not resolved after that you will want to turn your attention to the engine.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car lost acceleration, now it will not start.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Q: No start

You need to check for battery voltage on the red wire to the coil with the key in the on position and then check the same wire when you go to the crank position. If either one is not as...

Q: Advise on what to use for automatic transmission fluid

Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) can be petroleum-based, partially synthetic, or totally synthetic-based oil. All domestic automobile manufacturers require a petroleum-based fluid in their automatic transmissions. Some import manufacturers require the use of a partially synthetic fluid. ATF is a petroleum-based...

Q: my car makes a humming noise under the hood while I'm driving and parked. could it be a fuel pump issue or ignition problem?

A humming noise can be the engine electrical cooling fan. The fuel pump is in the rear of the vehicle so that is not as likely to be the cause. To pinpoint the fault, I would have a certified technician...

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.