Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car cranks but won't turn over

asked by on

I turn the ignition key, and it just cranks but does not turn over.

A: Hello. This problem could be caused by seve...

Hello. This problem could be caused by several different things. You could be out of gas, the fuel pump might be working properly, the timing belt could be broken, there could be an issue with electricity getting to your spark plugs, or the engine compression could be bad. All of these things would need to be inspected by a certified technician to isolate your car's turning over issue.

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: ABS light on dash board

Hello. Since this could be a variety of potential issues, I would recommend hooking the car up to an OBD scanner to download any trouble codes that may have registered as a result of the light coming on. I would...

Q: How do I store the tonneau cover?

After being removed, the tonneau cover can be stored. To store the removed cover, place both ends into the holding holes in the side panel until the cover is locked in place. Try to move the cover to make sure...

Q: Car may need starter

If the key is turned and there is no function and the engine doesn't try to turn over at all, the interior lights do come on, the starter is a reasonable direction to go in. The engine has a cap...

Related articles

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...
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.