Let's look at a couple of things.
My question is why did the battery die in the first place. It was just old and time - - it wasn't getting enough charge from the alternator? Please do as I suggested on the previous post and run over to Auto Zone or O'Reilly's and for FREE they can pull the codes to the car. Most important: Once they check your codes, if they find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code was, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that. While there for FREE also they can bring their tester out and check your battery, alternator and starter. I know you just put a battery in it but I need to know about how it is acting being charged from your alternator and if your alternator is charging it okay.
Again, the nice thing is all this is free and it will help me know certain things are working as they should on the car to better assist you. Then make sure you let me know what they say at Auto Zone or O'Reilly's.
Did it die in the past when you took your foot off the gas and was braking? Checking the above will maybe direct us to a Throttle Position Sensor, Idle Air Control Valve or something like that.
Did the mechanic say what he checked? Did he check the fuel pressure as I suggested? I want to try to limit your checks and trips to mechanic to save you some cash. We still may need the fuel pressure checked but my advice is please don't go back to the mechanic yet until we narrow it down better or need him to do a check that you can not. If you do have to go to him make sure he tells you everything he does, and if he talks say, codes, then I need to know what the code numbers are and what he sees. This will help me better help you.
Why was the alarm going off on your car. Was it supposed to? I guess you started the car by remote to let it warm up. Went to get in and just opened the door and that set the alarm off? Then you put the key in the ignition. And the car wouldn't start. Did the car shut off when the alarm started? Then the car wouldn't start. You called AAA, they arrived and jumped the car. It started. Is this how it all went?
This is the factor remote. Yes?
When you had the battery changed you lost your radio. Did you provide the code to recode it so it will work?
When was the last time you changed the battery in the remote? There is a technical service bulletin out on the remote batteries being weak and then being intermediate.
Okay - depending on the last time you changed the remote battery, I would change it.
Robin22, I really need you to run over to AZ and let them do the checks I need. I can better advise you. I really at this time don't think anything is wrong with your remote or it is the problem with your car. I will know that more once you answer my question about why the alarm was going off.
I have a remote on my car. They are made to start the car. It is doing like it is supposed to based off what you say. Now if the car is not as it should, the battery, alternator etc, that won't send the proper info to the PCM and cause a problem. Anytime the cars electrical system is not working up to speed you are going to have weird things happen.
Takes a few cycles to get use to the car. Well, not sure what your mechanic means here but I don't see that. I checked two technical manuals for anything special about changing the battery in your car. Do you have to reprogram or reset something. Do this or that. And no you don't. Once you drop it in the car it is there and happy. The only thing you have to do reset your radio.
Sometimes on the alarms. Like your radio for instance. You have two try's to put the code in. After that it shuts down for 1 hour. On my alarm. If it thinks the car is being stolen it will not even work with the key for about 5 minutes. It is a safety thing. That is why I was wanting step by step on why the alarm went off, were the doors unlocked after you started the car and got in etc. All that may be depending on what you tell me, the car working like it is supposed to. It thought someone was steeling it and shut down. And was waiting. But the clicking is the battery ----and so I want to make sure your alternator is doing just fine and was charging the battery it was just time to go.
So, please do the above, answer back the questions as best and detailed as possible and while you are at AZ they can tell you your engine size. It is normally on a decal under the hood.
Friday, November 21st, 2008 AT 8:28 PM