Q: Car won't start, interior & warning lights flash & loud noises

asked by on

While driving, I stopped at a corner market and when I returned to my hatchback, it wouldn’t start. The EPC light and all interior lights came on. Turning the key did nothing. It took up to 10 tries and it finally started. Some days it starts without any problem at all and then others, like yesterday, these problems. Totally random. When it won’t start, the trip mileage reset and the clock start wildly flashing on/off and sometimes there’s a sound like a very loud vacuum. One time when I stopped at a red light, the power died and turning the key got it to crank. Where should I start to fix all these problems?

Hello. It sounds like you either have a battery problem or you have a connection issue at the battery. I typically load test the battery first to see if it is failing. If the battery is fine then the battery terminals need to be checked for cleanliness and tightness. If those are also fine then it may have an issue with the fuse box or transmission position sensor. If you are going to have this repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to inspect the cause of the issues.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car won't start, interior & warning lights flash & loud noises

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: Q: My truck is turning over but wont start

From what you've described it sounds like you may have spun a bearing in the crankshaft or a rod bearing. Running an engine without oil is never good so you'll likely need to have the engine checked to verify this....

Q: acceleration is low

Hello, thank you for writing in. A loss of power may be fuel, spark, air, or electrical related in nature. All four of these components can be skewed causing engine malfunction. You will want to make sure the vehicle has...

Q: Q: Stuck in reverse

Hi there, thanks for writing to YourMechanic. It can be difficult to drive a vehicle with it stuck in reverse. The problem seems to be a plastic grommet that connects the gear shift assembly to the transmission. It sounds like...

Related articles

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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.