Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car Won't Start went

asked by on

Didn't go anywhere on Saturday at all. Sunday morning my battery was dead I NEW Something Prior was happening due to the starting up wasn't as strong it was a weak start up. How do I know if it is the battery or alternator?
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello, thanks for writing in about your Ford Explorer. You would know if the alternator was at fault if it died while you were driving it and then would not crank. I would suggest replacing the battery and then have the charging system fully checked to make sure it is okay. A certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, can help you with this. A mobile technician will be able to come to your house to replace your battery if you need the help and ensure you can get started once again. Good luck.

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!

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: Can a bad pressure switch cause back pressure, enough to blow the pressure line?

Hello. In most cases a pressure switch can cause pressure to build up if it malfunctions, however that depends on the type of pressure switch and what system it is for. If you are referring to the cooling system then...

Q: My Toyota windom is not starting.

Hi there. Check the battery cables to see if they are are tight and clean. If the cables are loose or corroded, then clean them and tighten them up. If the cables are fine, then check the battery voltage and...

Q: Car idling high after engine change.

Your issue has many potential causes - especially since everything has recently been apart for repair. One thing that comes to mind is that a vacuum line could have gotten left off when you were re-installing your engine. An electrical...

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...
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...
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.