SUV stopped running won’t start does turn over . Battery light flashes when attempting to start. Acts like starving for gas .

OK so I went to start car at drive inns it started for 1 minute then sputters and died. Will not fire up. It does turn over and once Ina while acts like it's going to and goes back to cranking . The battery light on dash flashes when trying to start. I know it's a old battery I was thinking thatight be part of it. Just bought this SUV this is Alot of issues for first couple days

My car has 298000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hello, thank you for writing in. Because the vehicle is new to you, it is difficult to point yourself in a good direction, and we will have to start with the basics. Due to the fact the battery light is on, you need to go have it tested. This can be done at home with voltmeter, or it can be tested at most automotive parts stores. If the battery is not the cause, then you want to look further into spark plugs and make sure they are working correctly. After you confirm you have spark, you can turn your attention to the fuel system and test for fuel pressure. For more help with testing, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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If your Ford Expedition battery warning light comes on while driving, be sure to turn off your accessories, so the battery doesn`t drain further. The warning light usually means that the alternator isn`t working accurately meaning you`re operating solely on battery power.
The most common reasons a Ford Expedition won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
There are many reasons why the car battery light might come on, but generally, the reasons are: An old car battery. Car battery connections that are corroded. Car battery cables that are misconnected.
If your alternator is failing, its voltage may drop below capacity, causing the battery warning light to appear on your dash. Similarly, the battery light will also appear if the alternator is exceeding its voltage limit, depending on how much stress it is under.
The most common reasons a Ford Expedition engine stalling are the fuel system, the air intake system, or the ignition system. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
Why won`t my car start but I have power? If you attempt to start up your car but the engine won`t turn over and the dashboard lights up, then you most likely have an issue with your battery. You could have a damaged or corroded battery terminal, which is stopping the engine from starting up when you fully turn the key.
An illuminated battery indicator can be caused by a number of issues, including: A loose or corroded battery cable. A problem with the alternator or voltage regulator. Damaged cells or plates inside the battery.
The alternator belt is the connection that interfaces the crankshaft and alternator together. If your car`s alternator belt isn`t working properly, your car battery won`t get the charge it needs for your vehicle`s electrical parts. With that, your car battery light will frequently be on to indicate such an issue.
Most modern cars have a dash light that indicates that the anti-theft system has been triggered. The icon for the anti-theft system looks like a car and a lock combination. When this light is on and flashing (it will be either or blue), it will indicate that your car`s anti-theft system is activated.
If your ECU controls the anti-theft system, disconnecting the battery may lock you out of your car. Like desktop computers and most other electronics, disconnecting the battery cable for a short period will not fully reset your ECU due to the residual power remaining in the circuits.
Performing a Master Reset

On your vehicle`s SYNC screen: Select Settings. Choose General. Scroll down and press Master Reset. A message confirming that all system settings will be erased and reset to factory defaults will appear.

Symptoms of a burnt out diode:

The engine will begin to run rough, lack power and eventually stall and not start again. The battery warning light will turn on, warning you that there is a problem with your alternator charging system. The headlights will become dim due to reduced battery voltage.

Can I Keep Driving My Car if the Battery Light Is On? Yes, you can, for a short time. The light indicates that the alternator isn`t charging the battery, which means your car`s electrical system isn`t getting the needed power.
An illuminated battery indicator can be caused by a number of issues, including: A loose or corroded battery cable. A problem with the alternator or voltage regulator. Damaged cells or plates inside the battery.
How long can I drive my car with the battery light on? If your battery light stays on while you drive, you`ll have roughly 30-60 minutes to drive with your battery lights on before your car may start stalling.

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SUV stopped running won’t start does turn over . Battery light flashes when attempting to start. Acts like starving for gas .
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. Because the vehicle is new to you, it is difficult to point yourself in a good direction, and we will have to start with the basics. Due to the fact the battery light is on, you need to go have it tested. This can be done at home with voltmeter, or it can be tested at most automotive parts stores. If the battery is not the cause, then you want to look further into spark plugs and make sure they are working correctly. After you confirm you have spark, you can turn your attention to the fuel system and test for fuel pressure. For more help with testing, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

Vehicle won’t start, once it’s jump started it only stays running until you turn it off, then it work start again without jumping.
ANSWER : Hi there. There could be two problems here. It is possible that your battery is bad and will not take a charge from your alternator while driving. In that case every time you shut your car off you will not have enough juice to start it again. Inspect your battery – it should have at least 12.5 to 13 volts to start your car, if it doesn’t you will need to replace the battery. The second problem could be that your alternator is bad and not charging your battery, in this case you will need to replace your alternator. Both the battery and the alternator can be tested in your car. If you would like to have the car checked for you, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the starting problem and proceed with repairs.

Battery light turned on, car started running weirdly and it essentially died. Was able to jumpstart briefly, but it died again
ANSWER : This is likely a charging system problem (i.e. alternator or voltage regulator). As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while the engine turns the alternator. The voltage regulator is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator. When the alternator is working properly, it charges the battery as the runs maintaining a certain amperage. When the alternator is not working properly, this may cause it not to charge the battery resulting in a very quick discharge of the battery which will ultimately lead to the car shutting down and losing all power as you have experienced. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to take a look at your charging system.

Car won’t start. The check engine light, battery light, and oil change light are coming on. I tried jumping the car and nothing happened. Why won’t my car start?
ANSWER : Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. If sometimes your vehicle will start with the new alternator and sometimes it won’t, then there is a loose connection in your charging system. Check all of the wires to the alternator and to the battery. Make sure that the battery cables are clean and tight. Make sure that the wires to the starter are clean and tight. A loose ground to the ignition system will cause the vehicle to not crank over. Check all of the ground wires from the battery to the starter. Make sure that they are clean and tight. If you need further assistance troubleshooting your no start situation, then seek out a technician, such as one from Your Mechanic, that can assist you.

Battery light goes on when I start car then turns off, if I rev engine light comes back until rpms go down. Abs goes comes on/off
ANSWER : Batteries can die due to faults in the charging system so ideally a suspected "faulty" battery should be load tested before a decision is made to condemn it. The only exception to this rule is if the battery is already clearly "old" (greater than 5 years) but even then once you put a new battery in, as a replacement for a "dead" battery, you have to comprehensively check out the charging system. Diagnostic Trouble Code P0460 will result in disruption of the dashboard fuel gauge’s ability to accurately report your tank’s fuel levels. The fuel gauge readings may be erratic, or read somewhere off scale. Vehicles equipped with a low fuel warning light feature may also suffer from erratic low fuel warnings in the event of a code P0460. Unless the P0460 code has been reported alongside other trouble code, all of the vehicle’s essential systems should otherwise function normally. I would recommend that you request a check engine light diagnostic to first resolve the fault causing the P0460 code to set. The check gas cap light warning light could be due a faulty gas cap and/or small leaks in the EVAP system.

Car won’t start, interior & warning lights flash & loud noises
ANSWER : Hello. It sounds like you either have a battery problem or you have a connection issue at the battery. I typically load test the battery first to see if it is failing. If the battery is fine then the battery terminals need to be checked for cleanliness and tightness. If those are also fine then it may have an issue with the fuse box or transmission position sensor. If you are going to have this repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to inspect the cause of the issues.

Running really rough, not starting usually. Battery light came on. Car overheated. Headlights turn off when I put the high beams on.
ANSWER : Hi there. With the information given, it sounds like you accidentally put 3 bottles of Gas Heet (water / antifreeze remover) into the gas tank. There is to be only 1 bottle of Gas Heet to a full fuel tank of fuel. The Gas Heet is heavier than fuel so it will mix with the water and go to the bottom of the fuel tank and block the fuel from entering the engine. When Gas Heet is in the fuel system, as the engine is started, the additives, methanol, water, and gasoline are consumed and burned. All of these combined will make the engine run very hot and unstable. Too much Gas Heet will make the engine run hotter than normal conditions and cause the engine to overheat. I suggest flushing out the fuel system and fuel tank. If you need further assistance with your engine overheating after putting in Gas Heet, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Car won’t start and immobilized light flashes
ANSWER : Try using an alternate key if you have it. If it starts easily with another key, then the first key is faulty and has to be replaced. If it behaves the same with any key, then it is possible it has a bad ignition switch or possibly a bad pcm – Power Control Module. Use the fuse box diagram and search for PCM fuses. There are two of them I believe. If either is blown, then that’s a sign there is either a bad connection or short at the pcm connector(s) or the pcm itself. If you would like, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office, and make possible replacements to your ignition switch and inspect your wiring.