Q: Car won't start after someone tried to steal it

asked by on February 09, 2016

I can't start my car. Someone messed with the steering column when they tried to steal my car.

Car is not starting Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Two systems in the column need to work for the engine to start. The ignition switch, and the anti-theft system. Your car has some version of the Passlock anti-theft. The ignition switch reads a specific resistance of your key and tells the PCM it’s ok to start the engine. This is easily broken. Another thing to check is for blown fuses. When certain parts are broken in an attempt to start the car, it can cause the ignition circuits to short. Repairs and replacements will depend on how much damage was done and where. I would recommend having a mechanic come and inspect your starting issue in order to have the right repairs done.

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

What others are asking

Window not working

Thank you for your inquiry. If the window will not go up or down easily, or seems to shift during operation, the window regulator may have a mechanical failure. This includes a broken mechanical connection to the glass or even...

Gas leak

If the vehicle is leaking fuel, I would stop driving it immediately, and have it serviced as soon as possible. Gasoline is highly flammable, and therefore it is not safe to drive a vehicle that is leaking fuel. I would...

Fuel gauge bounces around, usually when it is on full

More often than not, this issue is caused by a faulty fuel gauge sender. However, it can also be caused by issues with the EVAP canister or other EVAP components. The EVAP system is designed to filter out harmful toxins...

No start without starting fluid.

Hi there. As long as your fuel pressure is at or above 50 psi then the fuel system should not be the issue. Most of the time this is caused by a bad crankshaft position sensor. This sensor will stop...

location of starter relay

Hello, thank you for writing in. The starter relay is located in the main fuse box. This fuse box is located in the engine compartment. You will be looking for a black box with a removable lid. Once you have...

Turn signal not working

If the hazard warning lights use the same bulb (filament) as the turn signals, then yes it can't be the bulbs. I would test the turn signal flasher unit. Basically, you want to test for power to the flasher unit...

I just want to know if my car is repairable.

Hello, thanks for writing in. This depends on a wide variety of factors that would need to be evaluated individually along with the Jeep being physically inspected and diagnosed by a professional. If you'd like to have this done, I...

What is the normal/average RPM range for a 2010 Town and Country van at around 30-35 miles per hour?

Hello, thank you for writing in. During acceleration, the RPM's can go all the way up to 3,000. 2,000 RPM's is totally normal during acceleration. This does not mean that you are not sensing something wrong, and if you know...

Why does my Tahoe start with the fuel pump relay pulled out or left in?

Hi there. Check to see what relay you have pulled. If indeed you removed the fuel pump relay and the engine still starts up, then check the oil pressure switch. An oil pressure switch will kept the engine running as...

Related articles

How the Starter Works in Your Car
A A car starter is a powerful electric motor that cranks your engine in order to start your car. The starting system consists of the motor itself, and the attached solenoid. The solenoid is what takes battery power and delivers...
How Does a Starter Motor Work?
When you turn the key in your car’s ignition, the engine turns over and then cranks. However, getting it to crank...
How to Adjust an Alternator Bracket
Alternator bracket replacement typically means an entire alternator belt replacement in modern cars.