Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car wont start and my trunk won't open

asked by on

The other day my car was working perfect, but when i made it home and tried to leave again it wouldnt start. But a few times before, i would crank it then it would act like it would stuck like it didnt wanna stop cranking. But now my car wont start, my windows wont go up or down, and i cant pop my trunk. Can it possibly be the starter or the starter relay?

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there. Your issue of your car not wantin...

Hi there. Your issue of your car not wanting to start sounds more like a dead battery and will need to be replaced. The reason for this is because of you not being able to operate your windows or even being able to open your trunk, which is triggered by a small electrical current. As far as your car sounding like it didn’t want to stop cranking is due to your starter solenoid. This doesn’t always mean you have a bad starter, but is a good indication and you may need to replace your starter. However, this also could be due to not enough cranking amp in your battery. You can test your battery while it is still in your car. If you need to have this taken care of, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the starting problem and can replace the battery for you if needed.

Was this answer helpful?
Recommended services
Get a Quote

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car won't start. All the lights work, there is just a single loud click when I try to start it. Is it the starter?

If the starter is accessible under the hood, grab a friend and a small hammer. While one of you tries to crank the engine, have the other lightly tap the starter at the same time. It is possible the starter...

Q: How long can I drive my car with the engine light on?

Hi there. It is no good to drive a vehicle with the engine light on. The engine light is on for a sensor has picked up something that is not functioning or operating correctly. Check the computer with a scanner...

Q: Automatic Trunk open/close feature not working but button lights up. I soldiered broken wires back together - reset?

Hello, thanks for writing in. Most of the time this is caused by a programming issue with the control module. It usually occurs if the module fails or if there is a loss of power. It can also occur if...

Related articles

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...