Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: car cranks but doesn't start

asked by on

car doesn't start just cranks, no spark, changed coil,plugs, rotor. started up but later on had same problem just cranks.

My car has 85000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: This engine will most likely have the old s...

This engine will most likely have the old style ignition points and condenser. This type of ignition needs to be replaced every year or 12,000 miles or you will end up having no starts, hard starts or the engine may misfire or just not run very good. I would recommend replacing the ignition points and condenser inside the distributor. Your engine will also have a carburetor that should be checked to make sure it is sending fuel to the engine once the points and condenser have been changed. The carburetor can be checked to see if it is giving fuel by removing the air cleaner and looking into the carburetor and moving the throttle to see if accelerator pump squirts fuel in to the engine.

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!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car won't start.

The problem will need to be checked to see if you are loosing ignition or fuel to your engine, since the most common problems are the fuel pump, engine module and distributor going bad on these engines.

Q: Car is idling rough - 1983 Jeep CJ7

Hello. This behavior sounds like the power brake booster has a leak or rupture, which acts like an air leak to the engine. Since the brake booster vacuum is generated by the engine's air intake, their functions and potential problems...

Q: Truck stalled and will not restart

Hello, since it won't start, that is where I would begin an inspection. Power should be checked at the starter. The larger red lead should have 12v at all times and the smaller wire going to the solenoid should only...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...