Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Is this a battery issue ?

asked by on

The other night I went to start my car and it wouldn't even turn over , it wasnt even trying , no sound or anything. The lights and radio worked in the car but the car itself wouldn't start . I had my friend give me a jump and it started no problem . It's been 3 days now and I've started my car probably six times and it's been completely normal . Can someone tell me if its just a battery issue ? Or why that would happen and then run completely normal ?

My car has 55000 miles.

A: Your battery needs to be tested with a digi...

Your battery needs to be tested with a digital battery tester to analyse the cold cranking amps of the battery. You should have at least 600 CCA. Unless you have any aftermarket equipment like alarms or stereos, it should be about time for a battery change after 3-4 years. If the battery tests fine then pay a shop or tech for a parasitic draw test on the electrical system. A certified mechanic will be able assist you with running the necessary tests to pinpoint your battery problem.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Unknown white box behind glovebox.

Does the box seem to be attached to the A/C blower box? This sounds like the blend door or fresh air door actuator for the A/C blower case. It may have been cut because, when they go bad, they make...

Q: Noise when I accelerate and turn right.

Hi there, It sounds like you have a failing constant velocity (CV) joint on one of the front axle shafts. When CV joints fail, they often make a loud clicking or grinding type noise, which could be interpreted as a...

Q: Why does the battery go dead if you forget to use park? 2013 Ford Edge

Hello - newer cars are designed with convenience features that keep certain systems (radio and other infotainment systems) "active" UNLESS the car is in Park. This means there is an on-going battery drain, which will run your battery down after...

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...
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...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...