2008 Chevy Cobalt No start, no accessory lights and no windshield wipers

Asked by Feb 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM about the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2008 Chevy cobalt will not start, or even turn over.  When i turn the key to start it can hear the relay click at the body control module.  No accessory lights in the dash work, besides the odometer and the security lock comes on for a few seconds and goes off.  The windshield wipers do not work with the key on.  The headlights and turn signals do work.  It has no power to the ip ignition fuse at the inside bcm/fuse box.  
I bought the car as it is, the lady said she hit a puddle of water and all the lights in the dash went out.  She said after she got to where she was going and parked it, it didn't start back.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

2 Answers

I have disconnected and cleaned a few of the grounds. I have not been able to get under it yet to check for loose wires. It has been taken to the dealership and they could not figure it out either

3,495

If the problem arose as a result of hitting a big puddle it's unlikely its a loose wire or bad ground. Something got wet and shorted out to cause that sort of failure. If the dealership can't figure it out, which seems very odd to me you may need to try swapping out a few parts to see what happens. I would start with the main computer. Find a friendly auto wrecker who might let you try one, or just bite the bullet and buy a used one and plug it in. Just a thought, remember, I'm not a mechanic. There are also shops that specialize in auto electrical repairs. Find a reputable electrical specialist and let him have a try.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Cobalt

Looking for a Used Cobalt in your area?

CarGurus has 4,944 nationwide Cobalt listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:

Search Chevrolet Cobalt Questions

Chevrolet Cobalt Experts

#1 lightGear
lightGear
Reputation 1,080
#2 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,030
#3 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 900
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
1,148 Great Deals out of 64,597 listings starting at $1,195
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,164 Great Deals out of 78,642 listings starting at $2,495
Used Ford Focus
1,266 Great Deals out of 58,539 listings starting at $1,395
Used Chevrolet Impala
950 Great Deals out of 36,332 listings starting at $884
Used Ford Mustang
694 Great Deals out of 38,146 listings starting at $1,750
Used Honda Accord
1,187 Great Deals out of 77,675 listings starting at $969
Used Toyota Corolla
1,326 Great Deals out of 67,641 listings starting at $1,595
Used Nissan Altima
1,105 Great Deals out of 85,891 listings starting at $1,675
Used Toyota Camry
1,498 Great Deals out of 100,456 listings starting at $700
Used Honda Civic Coupe
337 Great Deals out of 16,899 listings starting at $999
Used Dodge Charger
564 Great Deals out of 28,736 listings starting at $2,275

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt For Sale
38 Great Deals out of 860 listings starting at $2,487
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 804 listings starting at $1,300
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt For Sale
21 Great Deals out of 901 listings starting at $1,900
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 979 listings starting at $1,000
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 960 listings starting at $2,595