Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't start and won't even crank when I turn the key.

asked by on

Alright so I bought the cavalier in august for $300 knowing it had a leaking fuel injector that's it. It ran ok for 2 weeks then one day it just wouldn't start at first the engine would crank but not start now it won't even crank just clicks my neighbor who works on cars says it sounded like a bad starter so I replaced that and same thing just makes a loud click when I turn the key nothing else I don't know what else could be the problem please help

My car has 147800 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: You will need to see if you can put a socke...

You will need to see if you can put a socket on the front crankshaft pulley bolt and turn the motor by hand to see if the engine is free to turn over. Check the oil to see if it is overfilled and smells of fuel. If you have a leaking injector it could flood a cylinder and cause it to lock the engine from turning over with the starter.

If you cannot turn the engine then remove all the spark plugs and disable the coil. Then turn over the engine with a starter to blow out all of the fuel. Watch to see what cylinder had all the fuel in it. This is the leaking injector.

If all of the cylinders are full of fuel then your fuel regulator may be blown and needs replaced along with the oil and filter. To avoid any unnecessary repairs, consider YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technicians can come to your home or office to diagnose your starting issue firsthand.

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 ignition cylinder not inserting properly

There is a gear mechanism in the column that you may have gotten out of alignment. If so, you will not be able turn off or start the truck. You may need to have a mechanic look at the mechanism...

Q: will not start

You possibly have a dead battery but sometimes one can have both a dead battery and a weak (dying) starter motor. Batteries that are somewhat dead can often still run lights, dash lights and so forth but will not have...

Q: car not starting errors

The fault codes need to be read out of the various vehicle control modules to determine the scope of issues that need to be corrected. Faulty sensor inputs can lead to a series of malfunctions, some of which could compromise...

Related articles

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...
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...
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.