Q: Dashboard draining battery

asked by on January 22, 2016

The car will not start. The battery is working, but it is losing power. I know I have a problem in with the dashboard and I think that may be the problem.

Car is not starting Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

First, let’s determine if the engine is cranking. If the engine is not cranking it could be any one of these issues: weak or defective battery, bad battery cables, ignition switch, starter motor, seized or hydrolocked engine, or other wiring. You mentioned something is draining the battery. A defective battery can drain itself if there is a bad cell. There are other causes and that would require a different set of tests to find the problem. A qualified mechanic from YourMechanic would be happy to diagnose your no-start issue and get you back on the road.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

I have a 2000 honda accord the motor in the driver seat is out I was wondering if there's a way to hand crank it where I want it w

Hello. Typically to move a broken power seat, you have to disconnect the motor and attach a drill or adequate tool to the adjusting linkage to move it the way the motor would. You can also remove the seat from...

If i replace my thermostat and my car is still running hot , what else can it be ?

When dealing with issues like these, always start with the simplest options first. The thermostat is only designed to read liquid. If the coolant is low, the reading on your dashboard may not be accurate. The vehicle may have been...

Engine noise, RPM fluctuation, ABS, 4x4 warning on

Hello. It sounds like you have a problem with the DME (digital motor electronics) and the ECU (engine control unit). It would not be a mistake to have these two things replaced. It is an expensive repair but I’m confident...

It's keeps cutting off and rpm keeps jumping up and down while in park

Hi there. It appears you have an engine misfire problem. In modern cars, misfiring will invariably be accompanied by a Check Engine light. In fact, checking for efficient combustion was the primary reason the U.S. government introduced the rules for...

Panel lights went dim and radio blinked while driving Oldsmobile Alero

I'm guessing when you say the radio light was flashing, you mean it displayed the "lock" message. This is an anti-theft feature GM built into some of their older vehicles. Unfortunately, the radio will go into lock mode, whenever it...

Heavy transmission leak.

The transmission needs to be inspected to determine the source of the leak. If the leak source is not obviously identified, Nissan has a TSB out NTB09-140 which discusses the proper diagnosis using a UV dye to locate hard to...

My control arm is just about broken i have to make a trip to ames and back will i be ok?

The advice depends on the nature of the break. If a bushing on the control arm is merely worn (broken), generally the worst that will happen is your tire will experience abnormal wear and might not be serviceable (usable) after...

Is a 2008 Mercedes C300 sport sedan with 75,000 miles a good buy?

In evaluating the wisdom of buying a particular model of car (used or new), consult the database of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA. The NHTSA database contains model specific consumer complaints, official recalls and factory service bulletins searchable...

High rpms, doesn't gain speed

Hi there. Sounds like the transmission is either slipping or the torque converter is failing. Try taking the vehicle for a test drive and manually shifting the transmission. If the engine operates normally, then the transmission valve body has an...

Related articles

What Is Key-Off Battery Drain?
Many Many things in your car continue to work even after your vehicle is turned off – radio presets, security alarms, emissions computers and clocks are just a few. They continue to draw power from your car battery, and the...
10 Biggest Car-Related Headaches and What to Do About Them
You You don’t want to, but if you're a car owner it's inevitable that at some point you will experience car troubles. It's also fairly certain that the machine you rely on will cause you grief when you least expect...
10 Biggest Car-Related Headaches and What to Do About Them
You You don’t want to, but if you're a car owner it's inevitable that at some point you will experience car troubles. It's also fairly certain that the machine you rely on will cause you grief when you least expect...