Any time the Check Engine light comes on, there is at least one diagnostic fault code in the Engine Computer's memory. Your mechanic should have connected a hand-held computer to read and record that code. It has nothing to do with the mechanical integrity of the engine. The codes refer to a problem with various engine sensor circuits or systems that ultimately affect tail pipe emissions.
You haven't provided any information that would help us determine what is happening. When the battery light turns on, there is a problem with the charging system. Left undiagnosed, the battery will eventually run down, and could be the cause of failure to start.
What color was the brake light that turned on, yellow or red? If the car has anti-lock brakes and the light was yellow, the problem could be nothing more than low system voltage causing the ABS computer to become confused. That would be related to the charging system problem. Worn / intermittent brushes inside the alternator will be detected by the engine computer and will result in the Check Engine light turning on. With all the other computers on the car, charging system problems must be diagnosed and fixed right away.
"My car turned on the other day and I turned the radio on it cut off."
You'll have to be more clear on this description. Does "turned on" mean you turned on the ignition switch to "run" or you started the engine? What cut off; the engine or the radio? Can't tell if you have a radio problem or if the engine stalled.
"I cut the car off then it would not start up." I assume you mean you turned the engine off, and had a problem later. What were the symptoms? "Would not start" is as descriptive as telling my doctor "I'm in pain". Should he treat me for a stomach ache, a hang nail, or I cut my foot off with a chain saw? Did you hear one loud clunk from the starter, but it didn't spin the engine? Was there a chattering sound? Any sounds or other observations will help in diagnosing a problem on a car we can't see or hear.
Thursday, January 28th, 2010 AT 9:47 AM