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It suddenly won't start. It was running fine prior and all of a sudden i can't get it to start or unlock using the keys. The windows won't roll down and the interior lights won't turn on. The dash lights work and the stereo works but nothing else works and I have to manually lock all the doors. It's not the battery.

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  • maliaelena Feb 04, 2010

    I did try to get the diagnostic codes and it read error before giving them on the machine....so I am not sure what that means. They told me that the codes they were given did not exist after and that there is something seriously wrong.

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The only way your going to find the problem is with a diagnostic code and data scanner.. If the car is not starting then your going to want to know why.

Even if it started right now this could happen again and next time you could end up stranded far from home

Right now codes should be stored in the computer and if the car starts, in time those codes will erase from memory.

From that point you won't be able to know if the car still has a problem, and if you decide to go far from home, whether or not your going to become stranded.

I know this isn't what you want to hear but cars are made to store just about every possible code for any sensor there is.

Not knowing if your a college kid or a mom doing the kid thing, I have to make my best accessment based on the safety factor.

Car electronics are to senstive these days to guess or take shortcuts on.

Posted on Feb 02, 2010

  • Susan Price Feb 04, 2010

    Looks like the only option is the car is going to have to go in the shop. There is no way to know whats going on without digging deeper.

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