Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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 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

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: Transmission shifting hard and thumps.

Hi there. Though there are many issues that can cause the transmission to shift hard in your Cadillac there are some common problems. If the check engine lightis not on, the problem can be caused by a bad engine or...

Q: Difficulty restarting when the engine is warm - 1994 Dodge B530

Hey there, thanks for writing in. You'll need to determine whether the reason for the no-start is from lack of fuel or spark. Ignition coils get pretty hot during operation and if your coil is cracked, it will expand a...

Q: Attempted to change oil filter, but the oil filter cap broke, the top half of cap is broken off, the threaded part still remains.

Hi, thanks for writing in. I would proceed to carefully continue with the hammer and chisel. You could also try using a punch with the hammer to try and spin it out. The sudden shock from the punch could help...

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...
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...