Q: Q: Car cranking, but not turning over

asked by on

My car won't start. The engine cranks, but it doesn't turn over.

Hello, there are many possible reasons for a no-start. Your description is a little confusing since you say it crank but it doesn’t turn over. In auto terminology, "crank" and "turn over" have the same meaning. If what you are trying to say is you hear the starter motor spinning but its not turning the engine over, then it looks like this is an issue with the starter motor. I would recommend having a certified mechanic, inspect your no-start condition to see exactly what’s causing this issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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. Q: Car cranking, but not turning over

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: Whats the best type of power steering fluid to put into my volvo 850 year1995and how do test the pump to see if it needs to be r

Pumps are tested based on output pressure. If the output pressure is within the factory specified range, the pump is not the issue. Obviously, there is a leak in your system. The leak may simply be coincidental, that is not...

Q: knocking from suspension.. already replaced complete strut units (spring/strut

Hello, and thank you for writing in. Replacing the struts was a good starting point. Now you are going to want to inspect the rest of the steering and suspension components (which are very closely related). Turn the steering wheels...

Q: Q: Key not turning in ignition

Hi there. This problem is caused by a lack of mobility in your ignition cylinder. The bumps on your key depress a series of channels in the cylinder in the correct combination of order for it to release it's locking...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...