Q: Car won't start, lock or unlock.

asked by on

My key will not lock or unlock my car, I have to do it manually. When getting in the car no lights turn on and when I try to start it there's nothing. No sound, lights or anything come on. I had aaa jump my car yesterday and I left it running for 15 minutes and then it worked fine until the next morning it wouldn't start and did the same thing again. Not sure what the problem is.

My car has 38700 miles.

Your description sounds as simple as a bad battery. We recently traded our 2012 Forte for a 2016 Forte5. Your symptoms are exactly what we experienced when the battery died and that was in late 2014. If the battery is original, it’s most likely bad. A battery test should be performed and the battery replaced if needed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car won't start, lock or unlock.

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: Issues starting

Hi There, This may be a sign of a faulty fuel pump or fuel pressure regulator. As you know, when you turn the key to on, the fuel pump is activated and the fuel system is primed with fuel at...

Q: 2012 Chevy Cruze 1.8L car is sluggish and hesitates to accelerate code is p0016 changed both cam sensors no luck

There are two possibilities that could be causing this issue. It is possible that the timing belt was replaced incorrectly and now the timing is off therefore having the same problem as before. The other possibility is that the crankshaft...

Q: Oil usage on new Jetta

If you are meaning that you have gone 11,000 miles without changing the oil, then yes that is very normal. Most manufacturers recommend changing the oil between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. I would recommend getting an oil change immediately as...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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...