my car wouldnt start...could be battery or something else??

25

Asked by Mar 25, 2008 at 01:36 AM about the 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8 S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car wouldnt start nor would it turn over. Tried to jump start it but it didnt work. It made this funny sound like when u put a playing card on the spoke of a bicycle. Also the SERVICE ENGINE SOON light was on when i started the car earlier that afternoon. Called AAA to see if they could figure out what was wrong. The AAA service guy said the battery was low and needed cleaning and for cable to be tightened. He also said before jump starting car, the red button (reset button) must be pressed for it to work. He successfully charged car. Told me to not stop and just go straight home. I arrived home and just barely in my driveway and the car just died. Am wondering if it is only a battery prob. The lights went off but then inside dash lights would flash on and off and I didnt have the key in ignition. That sound of the Card on the bike spoke became louder.  I noticed when i turned the lights for the car to off it would commence. But as I turned the light switch to on (the signal and headlights switch) it would come back on ..just keep rat a tatting. Finally we disconnected the cable to battery and it stopped. HELP!!! What do u think it is? last week, I had left my headlights on for an hour by mistake.  would that have any effect?? Could be it electrical or just about anythng?  Thx,
Cleo

3 Answers

6,485

sounds like your atarter is done, it is stuck (to constant ticking). But to be sure I would get the car towed to your mechanice and have him look at it. You will want to get the charging system "load tested" that will tell you if there is any other problems. best of luck

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
10

I had similar problem long time back. replacing starter solves the problem. Do not try to even start your car. Please replace it immediately. YOu do not have choice. THis bad starter will damage the tooth of fly wheel, that is too expensive to replace because of high labor cost. THey have to open everthing to reach and replace fly wheel.

1,845

I've been a mechanic for almost 15 years now, and it sounds likely that your alternator went full-field on you, and might have destroyed a few other parts on the way out. Does your car have keyless entry, or a factory/aftermarket alarm system?

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Sentra

Looking for a Used Sentra in your area?

CarGurus has 51,279 nationwide Sentra listings starting at $2,100.

ZIP:

Search Nissan Sentra Questions

Nissan Sentra Experts

#1 L_R
L_R
Reputation 1,190
#2 Doran Harney
Doran Harney
Reputation 1,090
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 930
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Nissan Altima
972 Great Deals out of 82,392 listings starting at $1,795
Used Toyota Corolla
1,165 Great Deals out of 65,463 listings starting at $1,399
Used Honda Civic
1,040 Great Deals out of 62,661 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Camry
1,291 Great Deals out of 96,929 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Accord
1,078 Great Deals out of 74,905 listings starting at $969
Used Nissan Maxima
366 Great Deals out of 24,126 listings starting at $1,895
Used Hyundai Elantra
807 Great Deals out of 52,044 listings starting at $1,799
Used Ford Focus
1,114 Great Deals out of 57,194 listings starting at $1,395
Used Mazda MAZDA3
402 Great Deals out of 26,598 listings starting at $1,999
Used Hyundai Sonata
890 Great Deals out of 48,408 listings starting at $1,000
Used Volkswagen Jetta
635 Great Deals out of 28,185 listings starting at $1,100

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Nissan Sentra For Sale
18,828 listings starting at $11,605
2016 Nissan Sentra For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 16,331 listings starting at $10,499
2015 Nissan Sentra For Sale
214 Great Deals out of 4,650 listings starting at $8,700
2014 Nissan Sentra For Sale
159 Great Deals out of 3,310 listings starting at $5,580
2013 Nissan Sentra For Sale
134 Great Deals out of 3,168 listings starting at $6,239