Q: Car won't crank or start

asked by on

My car's ignition won't crank or start. My dashboard lights and headlights light up fine. I put my foot on the brake, put it in neutral, and it started. The battery and connections look fine.

You may have an issue with your neutral safety switch. This switch is what prevents the vehicle from being started while in gear. The switch may not be recognizing that the transmission has been placed in park but it will recognize neutral. I would recommend having this switch tested by a professional to check its integrity. If the switch is bad, the vehicle may never start in park again until it is replaced.

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 won't crank or start

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: The dashboard of a cadillac deville is blacked out.

Hi Shane. Thanks for contacting us today. There are two likely reasons why you're having this problem with a 96 Cadillac. First, and most likely is that the main accessory relay or dashboard fuse is blown and simply needs to...

Q: Car stopped running during use on the highway and won't restart.

Thanks for inquiring with YourMechanic. I believe your issue is going to be your alternator. The reason I am going this way is because your car isn't starting and it just stopped running on your on the highway. The reason...

Q: I replaced my throttle body positioning sensor. Does it need to be reprogrammed before driving?

Hi there. If your Check Engine Light was triggered on your DTS, then you should have a professional reset the Check Engine Light before starting the vehicle. However, if there was no error light, you should be OK to start...

Related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
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.