Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car will not crank

asked by on

So two weeks ago my car went into limp mode and I continue to drive it because I couldnt afford to fix it. I drove under 45-50 and then today it died on the way home. Then I cranked it back up, but it had a oil light when it died. Then 15 minutes later it died again and wouldn't crank. So I checked oil it barely had any. So I out 3qrts in and it still won't crank . It sounds like it wants to but it still will not turnover. I don't know what to do.

My car has 103000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there, thanks for writing in. From what you are explaining the engine may have seized. I typically start by trying to crank the engine over by hand to see if it will move. If it will not then the engine will need to be replaced. If it will move then I usually check to see if the engine has compression. If the engine did not seize then the timing belt may have broke. If you want to have this no start checked, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose and repair this.

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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car will not crank

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: Car won't start after changing water pump

It sounds like something was left disconnected during the repair. Without more information like whether it turns over or not, or if any lights on the dash are on, etc., I will not be able to give you a precise...

Q: I have no brakes driving and no brakes light came on to let me know

Hi there. The brake warning light does not always indicate a failure of the brake system. In some cases, when brakes stop working instantly without warning, it's typically caused by a broken brake fluid line or brake system component (like...

Q: I have a Toyota Venza. Are my Brake lines connected to my rotors?

The brake lines are connected to the brake calipers not the rotors. If you are hearing a noise from the rotor area when the brakes are applied, then there could be an issue with the rotors being too thin or...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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 Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.