Q: Car not getting power from battery.

asked by on January 08, 2016

My car won't start, even though I put in a new battery. The dashboard doesn't light up when the keys are in the ignition, the headlights do not come on, and the key fob doesn't unlock the car or open the trunk. It looks like the battery connections are good, but it seems like no power is going to the car from the battery.

Given that after you put a new battery in it still doesn’t work makes me wonder if a main fuse blew. It would benefit you to have a certified mechanic go over your entire electrical system as the main fuse is a high rated amp that shouldn’t pop unless something shorted the starting charging circuit out.

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

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

Why doesn't my car start?

Hi there. It is likely that the ignition switch or ignition relay is damaged. These two components typically cause the type of symptoms you are describing. It might be a good idea to have a professional mechanic come to your...

Tried to charge a battery alarm goes off

This is a problem in the garage a lot. You connect a battery and the alarm sets, then the car goes into lockdown and you can't start it. Sometimes it takes some experimenting. I would start by charging the battery...

My car had a clicking noise on startup. I replaced the timing chain, guides and tensioners but the noise is still there.

Many engines will make a small ticking sound upon startup when cold due to the fact that the engine oil has dripped down to the oil pan or the bottom of the engine. When the engine starts up, oil pressure...

Related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ballast Resistor
Common signs are the vehicle not starting or starting but immediately dying. Only a professional mechanic should handle the ballast resistor.
How the Alternator Works in Your Car
Your Your car alternator, at its most basic, is what works along with your battery and the rest of your charging system to keep your car running. When you start your car, you’re running on battery power. Then the battery...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Battery Cable
If you experience problems starting and powering the car or find corrosion on the battery terminals, you may need to replace a battery cable.