Q: Vehicle won't start

asked by on

The steering wheel is locked, won't shift out of park, drivers window won't roll up, vehicle won't start, but headlights and power seats work. Ignition key turns but engine doesn't turnover. Jump start didn't work. Also has fairly new battery and new alternator.

My car has 55000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

There may be a main power circuit down on your car. The steering lock is electrically disengaged on your car as is the shift lock. One of the B positive terminals on your ignition switch is probably dead. There are a number of large fuses, 30 amps and better, distributed around the car in the different fuse panels that power up these circuits. get out your owner’s manual and locate the fuse panels, I think there may be four of them, and look for the large fuses. if they are blown it will probably be obvious. What will not be obvious is if there is a bad terminal inside the panel. It happens from time to time. You may see a bit of a melted area around the base of the fuse. If you’re stumped, try contacting Your Mechanic. They can send a technician to your home, or wherever the car is parked, to check out your electrical system and make a recommendation as to how it can be fixed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Vehicle won't 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: Car frequently shuts off

Hello there. Thanks for writing in about your 1994 Chrysler LeBaron. Many different faults can cause the vehicle to shut off while running. The most common would be a fuel pump, alternator, battery, fuel filter, vacuum leak, MAP sensor, throttle...

Q: Truck cranks but won't start.

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The EFI supplies power to the C/OPN relay. Check the wiring from the EFI and the C/OPN relay for any breaks. Use a digital ohm meter and check for a complete circuit in the...

Q: No power to car

If the fuel pump is leaking, then it should be replaced immediately as that is a fire waiting to happen. A glowing exhaust manifold is an indication of the car running very lean (due to the misfiring cylinders most likely)....

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...