Q: Possible electrical issue

asked by on February 17, 2016

The trunk (very back door) lock is broken, and the light is on for Service Engine Soon. I just put all new parts in the engine, passed smog, and now I have to call Triple A to jumpstart my vehicle every other week. I believe it is an electrical issue that could be related to the back lock not being all the way shut, as I have it tied with a rope. Other areas, such as the radio/CD player, won't work now, but I can turn it on from the steering wheel center.

This sounds as though you are having multiple problems that would need to be addressed. The broken latch may be the cause of the dead battery, but not the Check Engine Light illumination, or the radio not working; the radio may need to be removed and sent out for repair, or sent to a radio repair shop. I recommend that you have a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come by and run a diagnostic on your Service Engine Soon Light issue, and fix or replace your broken door latch.

Was this answer helpful?
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

power steering fluid

A power steering fluid service should be done every 3-4 years. It was once an overlooked service but like any other fluid service (engine oil, transmission fluid, etc), the more frequently you change it, the more life you will get...

the trassmision does not change gere and the engine accelerate at all time

Gear shifting issues can be very complicated to diagnose; due to the multiple components that must work together in order to complete the process. It could be as simple as a damaged shim in the shifter, sensor failure or perhaps...

My car is making a noise near the front end

Did you only replace the one tire? If you've noticed the front tires having uneven tread than the other then you will get a tire noise from the transaxle trying to turn the wheels at the same speed. Since one...

Related articles

How to Replace an Automatic Shutdown Relay
The ASD (Automatic Shutdown) relay is failing when electrical functions in the vehicle are inoperative or when the car will not start.
How Can the Light Bulb Wiring Become Damaged?
Your Your car is as much electrical as it is mechanical. Wiring harnesses snake their way around the engine bay, and throughout the cabin of the vehicle. Most of your accessories run on electricity, and even the engine needs a...
What Is a Vehicle's Electrical Control Unit?
You’ll You’ll hear the term ECU bandied about in automotive circles, but what does it mean? The most basic definition is “electrical control unit” (ECU) which is a generic term applied to any system that controls a system or subsystem...