If lightning strikes a tree in your yard and your car is close by, can this cause your car to not work properly? I had an employee call in stating that lightning struck a tree beside their mobile home and now her car will not go into reverse or drive, sounded like it was running, so I'm a little baffled at this. Can any one shed a little "light" , please.
Yes. A sufficiently large EMP will wipe out or damage the engine control computer or other electronics. However, bear in mind that the electronics most likely to be damaged will be the car radio because of its connection to an antenna and the fact that radios are far less robust than electronics designed to work in the engine area.