Q: Car died and now cranks but won't turn over.

asked by on

My car died while I was driving it. Then it restarted. After putting gas in the car, would crank but not turn over.

The problem could be your fuel pump. An easy way to check would be to listen underneath the car when you turn the key on. You should hear a faint humming for approx. 3 seconds. If you cannot hear this noise, the fuel pump is not working. If you can hear the noise, the problem could be with your ignition system. A trained mechanic can help inspect your issue, to diagnose why your car won’t turn over.

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. Car died and now cranks but won't turn 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: Q: Shifter sticking in park

The shift interlock switch on the brake pedal will need to be checked to make sure it is making contact when you press on the brake pedal to release the shift lock. I recommend having a mechanic, like one from...

Q: Stop light switch burnt out

The brake light switch will have to be replaced. The powertrain computer monitors the brake light switch in order to determine if the brake is pressed in before allowing the transmission to be electronically shifted out of park. My recommendation...

Q: Bleeder valve not sealing

Try and remove the bleeder completely and cleaning the seat and bleeder and see if it works. If this does not work then replace the bleeder. It would've been helpful to know which bleeder screw you are referring to, as...

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...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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.