Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car will not start - Chevrolet Monte Carlo

asked by on

up until a month ago my car would not start however after fiddling around I noticed if I pressed on my key fob only(not on the door) unlock then lock then unlock it would in fact start. now that won't work either. the battery is good. I tried resetting the computer by unhooking the battery hot wire then leaving for 15 minutes then hooking but no go. no clicks no nothing. horn and lights ok. any ideas what it is?

My car has 52000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If what you are doing with your key fob is indeed affecting your cars ability to start, I would have to point you in the direction of the security system. Aside from your security system, your key fob itself will not affect your cars ability to start. It is entirely possible that you have an intermittent problem and it is just a coincidence that it started when you were messing with your key fob.

If your security system is indeed keeping your car from starting, the motor will crank and start for a second then die. If it is just cranking and not starting, you have another problem. If the motor won’t turn over, you have a no crank condition and this has nothing to do with your security system.

You stated the car had "no clicks no nothing". This is a no crank condition. Have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, diagnose your starting system if this is the case.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: wont start

Hello. Thank you for writing in. There is no way of telling what the issue is without doing some further testing. The vehicle is starting but stalling out, so we know the battery and the starter are not to blame....

Q: When braking the entire front end rattles really badly, is this a brake problem or something else?

Hello, thank you for writing in. Considering the issue only happens when braking and there are no other signs of a suspension or steering component failure, you will want to check the brakes and the tires. The front brakes should...

Q: Windshield wipers not shutting off

It sounds like your wiper switch is broken and not commanding the wipers to turn off. It could also be a stuck wiper relay, that when commanded it cannot open the circuit. I recommend having a trained technician diagnose the...

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...
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...
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...