What is up with my car?
July 25, 2010 6:49 PM Subscribe
What's wrong with my car, and what's my best option for fixing it?
posted by pemberkins to travel & transportation (15 answers total)
I'm having some recurring battery issues. I took a long trip out of the country this summer, and my car was parked in the garage for the duration of my trip. When I got back a week ago, the car wouldn't start. AAA gave me a jump, and sent me to a garage they have some deal with in my area. The garage told me that I needed a new battery, and installed the new one. The car was then fine running errands around town for the next two days. Then it was parked in the garage again, unused, for two or three days... and now the car won't start again.
(1) What could be wrong with my car, seeing as I have a brand-new battery and it now won't start again? (I know YANMMechanic and it's probably hard to diagnose without seeing the car.) I definitely didn't leave any lights on at any point.
(2) What's my best option for dealing with this? The battery was installed at this garage, but through a AAA deal - I think the warranty is from AAA. Should I call the AAA line again, or just directly call the garage they sent me to for the first battery? I need to talk to the garage at some point in the process to get anything fixed, but I'm wondering if I need to go through AAA for warranty purposes.
Additional possibly useful information:
-My car is a 2006 Honda Civic.
-I'd been having (probably) battery-related issues for a few months before leaving. I needed a jump back in March with no provocation I could think of (hadn't left lights on or anything). It was fine for some time after that, but by the time I left the country in June, the key fob was getting slow to unlock the car - it took a few clicks before it registered.
-I live in the northeast, where there have recently been a couple unpleasant heat waves. I don't know if the heat would have anything to do with the car troubles, but I thought I'd mention it.