Q: car starts only when held in cranking position.

asked by on January 09, 2018

Car stays on only if I hold in starting position once I let go of the keys car turns off. Tried buying a newer ignition switch but still having same issue.

My car has 208000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi Juan. Thanks for contacting us tonight. Typically this issue happens because the electrical circuit from the ignition switch, to the starter is not completed, so when you let go of the key in the forward position, power will stop flowing to the ignition system and the car will stall. The problem is diagnosing the source of this problem, which can range from an exposed wire, bad ground or faulty relay. You might want to have a mechanic help you locate the root source so the right repairs can be made.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $70/hr

What others are asking

I want to buy Porsche macan but wants an inspector to check the rate of the engine block and whether the fault could be repairable. Thanks

I have a new question.

Where is the OK buttom to turn blind spot monitor on or off?

There is no "OK" button, rather you use the "select" button which appears as an arrow indicator that points to the right. The procedure to turn the BSM system on and off, and select the various options, is explained on...

check engine light soon

There are hundreds of different diagnostic trouble codes than could potentially cause the check engine light to illuminate. Sometimes the issue is as simple as an EVAP system malfunction such as a loose or defective gas cap. If you request...

How to clean map sensor? Where is it located?

The MAP sensor is usually located under the intake manifiold on most vehicles. This sensor needs to be very near to the combustion chamber to determine if a knock has occured. The intake manifold will almost always requre removal to...

I get fire to my distributor coil. But I do not fire any of my plugs. My distributor won't turn.

As you may know, the distributor has a small gear on the bottom end of it that turns with the flywheel as the motor turns over. If the motor turns over and the distributor does not turn, this would suggest...

Oil burning

Hello. Oil can only get in to the cylinder one of two ways. Oil can get past the piston rings from worn or seized rings on the pistons. There is even a possibility of broken rings. The other way oil...

Knock sound while braking

Hello. A knocking sound when braking is most likely from the brake pads moving inside the caliper bracket and the rotors having a warped surface causing the pad movement. The pads may be aftermarket and not fit tight enough in...

Belt squeaking

I believe for your vehicle there is only one drive belt. The serpentine belt is kept tight via the use of an automatic tensioner. If the belt is squeaking, the tensioner needs to be checked before the belt is replaced...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re Shorter Than Average
Vertically Vertically challenged? Hate getting behind the wheel and having to crane your neck to see? There’s nothing wrong with you, but there is something wrong with your car. It might be time to trade it in and take advantage...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mazda 6
The The Mazda 6 is a luxurious alternative to the everyday family sedan. It has decent fuel economy with an upscale look on both the inside and the outside. The vehicle also handles well on the highway and is comfortable...
A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Mazda 2
For For those of you who really just want a car for the sake of transportation—and not towing or for a job where you need to transport tools—you might want to consider the 2012 Mazda 2. This car may not...