Q: Red lighting bolt came on while driving loss of performance now cant start car ive tried bout everything to start car etc throttle

asked by on

Red lighting bolt came on while driving ive tried the turn ignition to on position press gas nd release till hear ding the red lighting bolt goes off check engine light blinks for few seconds but won't start I disconnected battery reconnect it doesn't start I put in neutral doesn't start I pulled fuse 11 for 15sec doesn't start please help

My car has 138000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The warning light refers to the electronic throttle control system. An advanced scanner would reveal some diagnostic clues, if any codes were stored. With regard to this model, reported fixes have included replacing the thermostat (the thermostat is electrically "linked" to the throttle control), cleaning or replacement of the throttle body, replacement, or updating, of the ECM, replacement or repair of the engine wiring harness (due to damage) and a fault in one of the two APPS (Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor) circuits. These possibilities have to be gone through methodically and that requires the factory service manual.


Prior to requesting service you can try to reset the system using the following steps: 1) Insert ignition key and turn to "ON" position but do not start the engine; 2) Wait for all the warning lights to go out. The check engine light may remain on; 3) Slowly depress the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor; 4) Slowly release the accelerator pedal until it is all the way back up at the rest position; 5) Turn the ignition key to "OFF" position; 6) Start the engine and test the throttle to see if the engine speed will throttle up. This procedure is typically applicable any time the battery is disconnected or replaced but may still be relevant in your case. If there are any codes in the computer that relate to the gas pedal position sensor, that could cause the lightning bolt warning light to appear as well. If the above procedure does not resolve the issue, please request service and the responding certified mechanic will get your car operational for sure. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic because we want you to make the most of your repair dollars and help you to get the best possible results.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Red lighting bolt came on while driving loss of performance now cant start car ive tried bout everything to start car etc throttle

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: Shifter lever will not move

The clutch must be functioning to shift the gears, that is you must be able to activate the release lever (hydraulically in your case) to disengage the pressure plate, and thence friction material, from the flywheel. Once you are able...

Q: Car does not start after crash

If the vehicle was involved in an accident, there is a good chance the inertia switch has killed the power to the fuel pump. This is a safety switch that is designed to kill the power to the fuel pump...

Q: Code p0700

Hello. The code you are receiving stands for a transmission control malfunction. This can occur when the transmission control module, shift solenoids, wiring, or valve body damage has occurred. Typically a serious enough error will cause the vehicle to enter...

Related articles

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...
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...
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...