Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Electrical fault

asked by on

hey,

I recently had my car broken into its a *&!@ , they took the stereo and my power amp and now my battery is dead in the car, after some basic knowledge i put electrical tape over the power amp cables that are connected to the battery to stop them from cutting out the car. The car has been jump started and can only be driven for a few minutes before the lights start dimming and the rev counter and speedometer start bouncing from 0 upwards. It almost sounds like the engine is not getting what it needs then eventually cuts out. They also cut the alarm system. Im not sure im my alternator is damaged or wether the power is getting short circuited from one of the cut leads. They broke into it maybe a week and a half ago. I noticed the battery light yesterday and the car broke down today. Also the power amp and stereo that was stolen was put in there after the purchase of the car, not by myself.

If you need any more information ill be waiting.

Thank you,

Mike
My car has a manual transmission.

Getting your car broken into is a pain! Often the thieves do thousands of dollars of damage to your car to steal a hundred dollars worth of stuff. It can take a long time to sort everything out.

It sound like something they did something that damaged or disabled the alternator so you have been driving on battery power since then. After a few days of driving, the battery was sufficiently depleted that it can’t maintain enough voltage to keep the car running anymore.

I suggest you contact YourMechanic and they can send you a technician to sort out the damaged wiring and test your battery and charging system. Then you can discuss what needs to be done next.

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: Charging problem - 1999 Cadillac DeVille

First, you should check for injector pulse and fuel pressure. If either of these are not working, then there are some specific diagnostic paths to follow. If it is only spark you are missing, check all the fuses. Make...

Q: Bought my aunt's car and put new battery in it. There are no lights at all and the drive belt is not even around the alternator.

Hi there. Check the battery cables and make sure that they are tight. Then check all of the grounds from the battery to the starter and make sure that they are all tight. A loose ground cable will cause the...

Q: Wire connections may be damaged

Hello. It is possible that the wire connection by the driver's left foot rest is causing this problem. There are however, some other simpler things that should be ruled out first. The battery, fuses for the ignition, or fuses for...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
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.