Q: Q: Car not starting after sitting

asked by on

My car does not start, the key turns, and sometimes the lights come on, and sometimes they don't. The battery appears to be good, but it is not always completely connected. The engine does not turn over, or make noise of any kind. The car has been sitting for a month or two.

The ignition switch is very common to be the failure for these conditions. I recommend seeking a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, to come and test your vehicle for you. They will be able to verify the need to replace the ignition switch and complete this repair for you.

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. Q: Car not starting after sitting

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: air suspension system stopped working.

It sounds like you may have a small leak somewhere, possibly one of the rear airbags. Aside from that, there is a relay behind one of the headlights that controls the air compressor. If you get power at the relay...

Q: Engine is slow and sluggish upon cranking

Hello there, a vehicle that dies and cannot be restarted could be one of many items. The most common would be the battery, fuel pump, battery cables, starter, fuel filter, or one of many sensors. When a vehicle cranks sluggishly...

Q: Gasoline smell from engine oil

Hello. The most common cause of the problem you are having is when engine oil blows up in one of the engine cylinders. What may be happening is that the engine cylinder pistons aren’t sealing properly due to wear and...

Related articles

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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...