Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't start, but lights turn on.

asked by on

I'm curious if my car won't start because the key may need programming?

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there, thanks for writing in. I'd be...

Hi there, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to provide my insight.

Jaguar has been using chip (programmable) keys since 1998. If you have bought a new key but have not yet gone through the programming routine, the key will not start the car. Chip keys, even once programmed, sometimes malfunction and that can lead to a no-start condition as well.

If you are sure you have a properly programmed key and yet the car will not start, consider bringing in a technician from YourMechanic to come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose the issue for you.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Cranks but won't start

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2004 Chevrolet Impala. Your car has a leak which has to be pinpointed and repaired. If by chance the leak is in the head gasket, the head gasket will have to be...

Q: Starting - 2004 Toyota Vitz

Hello. If the issue started after you changed the battery, then it may be possible that you need to reprogram the remote or that it may be defective. If it is an OEM push to start system, you may need...

Q: VVT solenoid malfunction

Hi, thanks for writing in. Before a quote can be given, the code will need to be diagnosed thoroughly to isolate the cause of the code. On some of these engines the variable valve timing is caused by camshaft mechanisms,...

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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.