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Old 10-30-2019, 11:59 PM   #1
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Ayo what da dog doiní

Hello all! I am new to this site so please bare with me but I decided to create an account to reach out to my 86 family for some help. A couple of days ago, I was driving on the road and my car abruptly turned off and made some beeping noises and threw some lights on and the power steering went out. I managed to drive to the am empty parking lot and then I couldnít shift out of gear to put it into park so I came to an complete stop and held on the brake and took the me out. I used the shift bypass button and got into park and tried to start my car. It didnít start and didnít make any noises like it was even trying to start. Here is what is also wrong: the windows wonít roll up or down, the radio doesnít work, and the windshield wipers donít work yet the lights and everything else still do. I went to get my battery tested and it was all good and didnít need to charge or anything. My main guesses after doing some research are that the alternator, starter, or spark plugs have gone bad. Please help me find out what is wrong with my car! There are no mods to this car other than muffler delete. Has 68k miles and has stock everything! If you need any additional info Iíd be more than happy to provide you with it! Thanks!
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Old 10-31-2019, 12:24 AM   #2
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None of those items will cause window issues. Need to get a real OBD2 scanner or techstream to look at all the modules. Windows up/down seems BCM related for sure. I'd suspect a ground/wiring fault. Any history on this car? Flood etc?
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+1 for wiring fault. Easiest thing to do without getting it towed is to get a cheap OBD2 reader, see if you can pull codes, and do a search on what comes back, but that might not have enough information. That might not work if the ECU isn't starting up though...

Also, any chance any critters might have chewed through something?
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None of those items will cause window issues. Need to get a real OBD2 scanner or techstream to look at all the modules. Windows up/down seems BCM related for sure. I'd suspect a ground/wiring fault. Any history on this car? Flood etc?
Itís a used car I bought in April and it had one owner and was well maintained but mostly kept in the garage.
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+1 for wiring fault. Easiest thing to do without getting it towed is to get a cheap OBD2 reader, see if you can pull codes, and do a search on what comes back, but that might not have enough information. That might not work if the ECU isn't starting up though...

Also, any chance any critters might have chewed through something?
If love to do that! Where are good places to get one?
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If love to do that! Where are good places to get one?
Just search "OBD2 reader", Amazon or Walmart should have them. Should be $10-20 for a basic one which is all you need. As for stores, chain auto parts stores or something like a Walmart or Target might have some in stock. Not something most people pick up at a store, but might be a quicker way to get it.

Just checking, when you turn the key to the On position, do all the warning lights in the instrument cluster turn on or is it completely dead? If they turn on, you should be able to pull the codes. If it's dead, that might not work.
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Just search "OBD2 reader", Amazon or Walmart should have them. Should be $10-20 for a basic one which is all you need. As for stores, chain auto parts stores or something like a Walmart or Target might have some in stock. Not something most people pick up at a store, but might be a quicker way to get it.

Just checking, when you turn the key to the On position, do all the warning lights in the instrument cluster turn on or is it completely dead? If they turn on, you should be able to pull the codes. If it's dead, that might not work.
Yes, some of the lights come on but definitely not all of them. Also Iíll check for some at Walmart next time I visit one.
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I'd suggest you drive your car (or have it towed) to a dealership or an automotive shop. Even if you read and lookup the codes, it sounds like the car is eventually going to wind up in a shop to be fixed.


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I'd suggest you drive your car (or have it towed) to a dealership or an automotive shop. Even if you read and lookup the codes, it sounds like the car is eventually going to wind up in a shop to be fixed.


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Sounds like a bad ground or bad circuit board somewhere. Did you check fuses yet?
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Sounds like a bad ground or bad circuit board somewhere. Did you check fuses yet?


I am not an expert but just wanted to share my experience regarding the fuses at a dealer for my regular service check on my MY19 brz.

While they opened the hood somehow they pulled the fuse taps that I used for my dashcam. Those idiots, did not know the slot for the fuses and were not able to start the car. I watched them through the window. They tried jump stating without letting me know and changing the battery of the key!!! After witnessing all this I asked them whatís going wrong and why it took 3 hours for a oil change.
Finally they told me the situation and I told them the fuse slots (I think it was the radio stop lights) and the car started immediately.

Maybe itís not even close to your situation but checking the fuses would be the first thing I would do.

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Sounds like a bad ground or bad circuit board somewhere. Did you check fuses yet?
I havenít checked the fuses yet. I just got home from buying an obd code reader so now Iím going to see what shows up if anything.
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So I just plugged in my new obd2 into my FR-S and it isn’t working! I went to go try it in my other car and it worked perfectly fine! What could be causing my car not to start and for the scanner to not work?! This is infuriating!
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Check the fuses. I think there's even one on the positive battery cable.
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