Q: Car won't crank but the lights and radio still work!

asked by on

So I came out of target to crank my car and and it wouldn't turn over only noise it made was a noise sounding as if it was coming from the fuse box. So we gave it a boost still no crank. My dad messed with the fuse box it crunk up so he turned it off to see if the issue was solved. Tried cranking it again it didn't work. So we replace the IGN2 fuse and it crunk. But the fuses are blowing right away. Any help of what could be wrong with my car? The only damage I've known the car to be in was a accident back in December but I was hit on the side not a very hard hit.

My car has 114000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. If you are blowing fuses it is due to an electrical fault within the ignition system. It is very likely that the ignition relay is damaged or has an exposed wire that is creating a short when you turn the key. These issues can be very difficult to pinpoint, so you should have one of our mobile mechanics come to your location and complete a car is hard to start inspection. This will allow them to pinpoint the correct cause of the problem and recommend the right repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car won't crank but the lights and radio still work!

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: Why does my car make a loud noise when I turn my front wheels?

Hi, thanks for your question. I'd be happy to provide my insight. This is a common sound when the struts are worn out or when there is separation between the strut nut and the strut mount. I would also suggest...

Q: Hello, my battery died in my car last night I replaced it got home and now it won't start. Starter or alternator? CEL on now also

Hello, thank you for writing in. With full battery power, the battery may still be struggling to use that voltage and it may not be providing enough amperage to the starter. You should have the battery tested at an automotive...

Q: I was already having transmission problems. Will constant use of Cruise Control further deteriorate it? Will it cause CC problems?

Hi, thanks for writing in. The cruise control uses some of the same sensor inputs the transmission uses and can indeed affect the transmission and cruise control. If the transmission is slipping then the cruise control may not control the...

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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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.