Q: Sometimes it starts, sometimes it doesn't.

asked by on

I just bought a car from a dealership about 2 months ago. In this last week my car would randomly not start other times it wouldn't and it would take 2-5 tries to get it to start. (Car has been jumped twice) Today I was on way to the store and my car startedto shake while driving down the road Then in the parking lot And came to a stop the engine was just shaking and the car was acting as if is was going to shut off. When coming back to the car to start it again it world start but went back to the shaking and wasn't able to stay running. Now let me not forget to put in that all the automatic lights in the car turn on still and on the dash. So at first I thought battery but now I'm leaning to the alternator but please get back to us as soon as possible cause the cars still sitting at the store.

My car has 80000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. This does sound like a voltage issue. I would start by doing a load test of the battery and the alternator. Most of the time it is a battery issue. I would also check the connections at the battery and at the negative battery cable.

These problems are common on this vehicle and will cause this same issue. I have also seen the ignition switch and the body control module cause these symptoms, so they may need to be tested as well. Consider having a professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, check out the problems associated with your car not starting and perform any necessary repairs.

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. Sometimes it starts, sometimes it doesn't.

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: dealer tells me that the ECM damaged the throttle body. For $1,100 they are replacing both. Does that make sense?

Hi there. From the description you have provided, the ECM (electronic control module) may have been the problem from the start. When the TPS (throttle position sensor) codes were stored in the computer. This would of been the time to...

Q: No rear lights of any kind or working. ( No running, brake, or signal lights)

Check the ground wires on the back of the vehicle as they are either broke or loose. Over time the bolt that holds the ground wire to the frame tends to become rusty causing the ground to have a high...

Q: Car shakes, idles roughly, has difficulty accelerating

You may be having problems with the high pressure injectors in one or more cylinders. The injectors tips get clogged with carbon and do not spray good when the engine is cold. The problem may be random and intermittent. You...

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...
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...