Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't crank or start.

asked by on

My car won't start. I try to turn it on, and it doesn't crank. I accidentally put transmission fluid inside the engine yesterday. Before these problems, it would read error where the miles were and the brake light would turn on.

A: It sounds like you are experiencing several...

It sounds like you are experiencing several different issues. If the engine hasn’t ran since the transmission fluid was added, I would drain and refill the engine with new oil. The issue with not cranking could be your battery. A way to check would be to turn on your headlights, if the bulbs illuminate, it would either be a starter or ignition switch. If your headlamps do not illuminate, the problem is likely the battery. As for the error and brake lights, this could be related to a bad battery not supplying proper voltage to the instrument panel cluster. A trained technician could easily diagnose your issues. YourMechanic offers mobile car repair at an affordable cost.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: New starter new battery

Hi there. After reading your question, it is possible that you have an ignition system failure occurring. In most cases like this, a cam or crankshaft position sensor (or the electrical harness attached to them) may be worn out, which...

Q: How do I change my alternator

In order to change the alternator on a vehicle with a transverse mounted engine, you may first want to remove the passenger front wheel and the splash guard in order to gain access to the belt and belt tensioner. On...

Q: Buying Advice on 1999 Toyota Camry, LE Used Miles:233,000...Should i buy it?

I would suggest checking the Kelly Blue Book website with specifics related to your zip code as market prices of cars vary by zip code. This will give you a baseline for determining whether or not the car is within...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...