Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't start and key fob won't open or lock doors even after changing its batteries

asked by on

I started my car earlier today and it kind of seemed like it was dead but just seemed like a delay start. I also tried locking and unlocking doors at the same time and the key fob won't work. I can't lock the doors manually either from the door panel inside the car either. Any idea?

My car has 143000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. If there was a delay in the engagement of the starter, but it was fine once it did engage, then most of the time this is caused by an issue with the starter relay or the ignition switch. Both of these are common problems in this car. They would have to be diagnosed with a voltage meter as the issue is occurring to know for sure what is going on. As for the door lock, most of the time the lock arm gets caught in the door panel and this occurs. In some cases the panel will need to be removed and trimmed to fix this. If you want to have this delayed start and lock problem fixed, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the starter problem and replace the starter relay or ignition switch if necessary.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Car won't start and key fob won't open or lock doors even after changing its batteries

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: Water pump not working and its a new water pump.

There is not a fuse for the water pump, however this may be caused by a faulty coolant fan switch or potentially a faulty coolant temperature sensor which is responsible for relaying the coolant temperature to the computer which then...

Q: Just clicks when the key is turned over

Most likely your alternator has quit working. I would expect to see the red battery light on the dash illuminate if this is the case. This based on the starter just clicking when you attempt to start the car. Another...

Q: How can I get in my trunk through the back seat?

Hello. Accessing the trunk from the back seat will require removal of the seat and part of the side panel. If you have the owners manual, it will likely have more information on this. There are a set of screws...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.