Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Key stuck. No power anywhere

asked by on

I tried to start my car. Won't turn over. No lights etc. key stuck in ignition. Gear shift won't move. Steering wheel does turn. I had ignition replaced last year per recall. I am stumped by all this. Just another cobalt issue and I'm lost. Than you. Susan.

My car has 112000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Your vehicle needs battery voltage to opera...

Your vehicle needs battery voltage to operate. What you are describing is a concern that there is no voltage present. There is a solenoid that requires voltage to get the gear shift out of park, it is a safety feature. This feature is also used for the ignition key as well.

The first thing to check (test) is the battery for proper voltage. A battery’s life span is three to five years and then it can fail. If you want to have this checked, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your starting issue and let you know what needs repair.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: valves rattling bad

This could be caused by a variety of things such as excessive valve clearance or a push rod lifter that is not working correctly. This can require an extensive amount of time and diagnostic work. I would recommend having an...

Q: Fuel leak

If you are seeing "dripping gasoline" at the back of the car, then there certainly is a fuel leak. If it is not a flue line, then it may be the fuel tank itself. Have it checked immediately. If it...

Q: Fuel system, inertia relay, or pump will not start, never had problems in the past

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2007 Ford Explorer. The first thing to do is to have the fuel pressure tested to see if the engine has pressure. Make sure the Theft Light is not on or flashing....

Related articles

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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.