Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't turn over

asked by on

The motor is not turning over.

A: Hi there. Without knowing exactly what kind...

Hi there. Without knowing exactly what kind of vehicle this is I can only give you some general information. The most common cause of a not crank issue is a bad battery. The battery needs to be load tested to see if it has failed. If it passes a load test then the problem may be a bad connection at the battery or a bad starter. Though there are a lot of other problems that can occur these are the most common. A mechanic would start by checking to see if the battery is failing and then checking for power at the starter. If there is power there and it is not cranking then the starter would be replaced. If there is no power then a more in depth diagnostic is needed.

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: jaguar s type 2001 won't start battery was charge and is good

For your issue, the appropriate service is a no start diagnostic. If your car battery passes a load test, which is the first thing to confirm, the mechanic will check for power "to" the starter motor. If there is power...

Q: Alternator belt came off of a 2006 Ford Taurus

Well, sounds like you might have a pulley that is locked up. Pulleys lock up because of bad bearings. When this happens the belt can start smoking as it is forced over the pulley and eventually break or get knocked...

Q: voltage warning light still coming on 30-45 seconds after car starts.

Nothing should be replaced until you have in hand a definitive diagnostic pinpointing the faulty segment of the car's electrical system. There may be too much voltage drop in the charging circuit, as well as elsewhere, but start with the...

Related articles

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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.