Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: battery not turning motor completely over its acting like it wants to crank and the horn and lites work but it wont crank

asked by on

what could be the problem its not alternator or battery
My car has an automatic transmission.

Your starter requires good power to it and a signal from the ignition switch through the start relay to turn over the motor. You should try to put the vehicle in neutral and see if it cranks. This would indicating that the starter is okay and it is a problem with the neutral start circuit. Have a mechanic come to you and diagnose the starting problem for you if you need further assistants.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. battery not turning motor completely over its acting like it wants to crank and the horn and lites work but it wont crank

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car won't start and I got a new battery.

Hi, thanks for writing in. This is usually a sign of a faulty starter relay. This is a small switch that directs power from the battery to the starter to allow it to engage when you turn the key. When...

Q: Check engine light is on and obdII said O2 sensor. 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500

Hi there - some problem codes require a certain number of "drive cycles" before the ECU will turn off a Check Engine problem code, O2 sensors often being one of them. If your truck is running well, ignore the light...

Q: Loss of power, weird sounds from the engine and hissing sound from throttle body, and a code P1346 1999 Lexus IS200

Hello - the P1346 problem code you have indicates a camshaft timing problem (variable valve timing to be specific), and is at least part of the cause of low power. The cams are out of time, relative to the crankshaft....

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.