Q: Steering wheel issues following jump start

asked by on

I jumped my car after it sat for a month. Tried to drive it to local store to check battery. Steering fighting me and radio keeps resetting but car does not stop running. Not sure if it is alternator, battery belt or combo.

My car has 45000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Batteries normally self discharge over time. Also, your car’s electrical system will draw 20-50 milliamps, roughly, even as the car sits, to power the clock, computer, and security system. Combined, these factors can cause the battery voltage to drop so low, that eventually the car will not start. First thing to do is fully charge the battery and perform a load test. If the battery passes the load test, just check the output of the charging system to be sure that is functioning normally. The steering issue may be indirectly related to the jump start in that the power steering hydraulic pump on your car is electrically operated. So, if voltage to the pump is low, because the battery is discharged enough to require a jump start, the power steering pump output could degrade. If you are still having problems with your vehicle, I recommend you request a battery diagnostic or an electrical components diagnostic.

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. Steering wheel issues following jump start

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: Why Won't My Car Start?

There are many reasons why your car may not start. Some common causes include a dead battery, faulty starter or starter relay, fuel pump issues, clogged fuel filter, and computer or sensor issues depending on the year of your vehicle....

Q: Engine does not turn over

Hello. The symptoms you describe are commonly caused by issues with the battery or starting system. If the battery runs low it will not have enough power to crank the engine, which may result in an engine that does not...

Q: Car will not start or crank - 2005 Mazda 3

Rodent damaging wiring can sometimes be more extensive than first appears. Previous experience tells me that there can be more than the one wire you found damaged. Wiring throughout the engine compartment should be thoroughly inspected for damage. Not only...

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...
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...
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...