Q: Car stopped while driving and won't start even with a jump.

asked by on January 18, 2017

Car wouldn't start so i took to repair shop and they put a new starter in.. two days later while I'm driving the dashboard lights started blinking, and the car stopped minutes later.. The car won't start with a jump, won't even crank.. Battery tested good at autozone.. Could the starter cause the car to cut off while driving? What can this be?
My car has an automatic transmission.

Alternator Replacement $151.62 - $1237.14 Get a Quote

Hello, thank you for writing in. The starter would not prevent the vehicle from driving. Once it is used to turn over the engine when starting, it is useless to the vehicle. It is more likely a battery or alternator issue. If the battery tested to be in good condition, you may want to turn to testing the alternator next. It would stall the vehicle when it fails. While it is not unheard of that a new or refurbished part is faulty, do not assume this at first. Test the alternator, and all of the connections first. Then make sure all of your fuses are fine. After those more frequent issues have been ruled out, you can turn to the starter and the battery. For more help, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $70/hr

What others are asking

My 98 Tahoe won't start

Is the anti-theft system (Pass-Lock) light flashing ? If so, there may be an issue with the ignition switch or the chip in the key. If the chip is not sending a signal to the system, it will not allow...

Skipping during idling and driving

Hello. Oil on the spark plugs can be an indication of a failed O-ring, worn piston, or worn valve guide. The first of which is less serious than the others, but it should be inspected sooner than later. Catching a...

Why does my new battery keep dying?

Hi there: Some of the top reasons why your battery won't hold a charge are listed in your question. If the radio was stolen, and not repaired or replaced, it's possible that you've got a slow electrical current being drained...

condor brake shoes

As you may know, the hand brake (emergency brake) is also a drum brake which requires the use of brake shoes instead of brake pads on most modern vehicles. The seals being damaged suggests that there may be some issues...

Water leaking from car

If the water you found leaking out by the passenger is clear, then it is completely normal. The water comes from condensation that leaks from the air conditioning system. If the leak has any tinge of green from coolant then...

What should I know about the fuel gauge?

Your car’s fuel gauge is pretty self-explanatory. It uses a needle to show you how much gas is left in the tank. Full is marked by an “F” on the right, and empty is marked by an “E” on the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Cylinder Head Temperature Sensor Last?
The The engine’s performance is largely based on temperature measurements performed by the engine control module (ECM), also known as the vehicle’s computer. As the temperature of the engine increases, the resistance decreases which means the voltage drops. The computer...
How to Diagnose a Stalling Car
It’s It’s incredibly frustrating to have a car that stalls and it always seems to happen at the worst possible time – like when you’re in middle of a busy intersection with fifty enraged drivers behind you. There are a...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Lexus LS 600h L
The The “h” stands for hybrid, and while you might hope to get greatly improved gas mileage for your effort to go green, that shouldn’t be your motivation for buying this model. The 600h L offers a mere 1 mpg...