Q: Car won't start

asked by on

This morning when I was leaving for work, my SUV wouldn't start. It will turn over, but won't start. There is a gas smell in the car. What should I do?

If you are smelling fuel, then you may have a leak and should not try to start the vehicle until the source of the fuel leak is found. Your vehicle may have a leaking fuel line or injection system. Sometimes the fuel goes into the engine but there is no spark, so the engine floods and you smell the fuel. The camshaft sensor or crankshaft sensor may have went bad.

The system needs checked by a mechanic to see if the smell is from fuel leaking, or if you have lost spark.

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 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: Car won't start.

Hello. You are going to want to start by checking out the electrical systems pertaining to the starting components. Start with the battery cables. Check all of the cables including the grounds and the connection to the starter. Chances are...

Q: Why is my brake pedal going all the way down to the floor?

If you are having to refill the brake fluid from it getting low and the brakes go to the floor means you have a leak in the brake system somewhere. You may have a broken brake line, leaking wheel cylinder...

Q: Can I drive my car with the rotors warped until I get it fixed next week?

Hi, thanks for your question. There should not be any major concern to drive with them this way assuming it is still drivable other than the vibration and noise as you have experienced. Be sure to give yourself extra time...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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.