Drove home last night in a heavy rain, with no problems. Get up to go to work and get in no interior lights and when I turn the key to ACC steering column will not unlock. Turn the key to ON gauges starts up as normal, go to start and nothing. Head light stay on when trying to start the car, tail lights go out. Check every Fuse I can think of, all look good.
Some how you may have got water up under the engine where it could have in 1 in a million shorted some of your wires. I would check your connections under the hood first. If you have a volt meter. I would check the battery to make sure your still getting 12.9V from it. But what your talking about seems like a short in you car to me. Good Luck!
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I have had water intermittently in the right rear trunk area (below the battery) every since an rear end accident. The dealer tells me that there is a vent back there that gets clogged up or opened up and lets water get in there. Not sure that I believe that, but that's the best explanation that they could give me.
This is a devious problem which could lie anywhere. So many things not functioning would perhaps be a ground problem. Maybe take some extra care in cleaning the battery terminals, check if the ground wire is connected to the chassis. Do you have rodents in your area? Maybe they nibbled some wire somewhere?
I would start by checking main fuses under the hood. water could have cause a short also check battery cables to see if they are heavy enough to carry the amp load needed to start the car. factory cables are not heavy enough after a few years.
Have the battery and alt tested for free at the local parts store. Tell them what it's doing, and start suspecting a fuel issue. Could be getting the right amount of fuel but not burning it. (plugs, wires, coil) Or could not be getting enough fuel.
Still hard to say, so get the charging/power system checked first. Let me know what you find out as I'm real curious now.
Same happened to a friend and it was the fuel pump.... Same for another friend and it was 2 bad coil packs.
1) Does the headlights work.
2) Is gearshift in PARK or NEUTRAL. Wiggle gearshift slightly while starting.
3) Check the fuses. ( these are typically located inside the car)
4) Check the fusible links. (these are typically located under the hood)
5) Check ignition switch. (does it turn on radio ? will alarm sound if driver door open ? etc)
Either an interior light or head lights were left on all night, or there's a dead short in the electrical system, or... the battery completely failed internally such as a weak spot or defect in the plates. At any rate, it all obviously points to the battery. Replace the battery.