Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car wont start. It cranks but does not fire (I even tried starting fluid)

asked by on

I just returned from a 200 mile road trip where the vehicle performed perfect. I tried to start the car 2 days later and it wouldn't fire. It will crank just fine, but wouldn't even begin to fire. I couldn't hear the fuel pump, so i assumed that was the problem and I replaced it along with the fuel filter. I just got it all back together and it still wont start. I can hear the pump very clearly now and I verified that it does work. Are there any common problems that would just happen all of the sudden? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

There are several possible causes for a vehicle to crank and not start. There could be a bad fuel pump, faulty plugs, bad timing belt/chain, faulty ignition, failed camshaft/crankshaft sensor, or any number of other possible causes. It would first be necessary to determine if there is sufficient fuel and/or spark. From there, you would then need to figure out what part of the affected system is causing the problem. There are some tests that will need to be performed to figure these out. If this is something you will need a hand to diagnose and/or repair, contact a certified mechanic, like those available at YourMechanic.com.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Car wont start. It cranks but does not fire (I even tried starting fluid)

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: Starts but won't idle

As you may know, old fuel can go bad in as early as 4-6 months losing it's ability to produce a viable explosion when compressed. This happens as a result in the octane in the fuel as it is mixed...

Q: Charging system failure.

This may indicate you have a bad alternator or voltage regulator causing the lights to dim and the voltage meter to fluctuate. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating...

Q: 2005 Saturn L300 hard to start

Hi. It seems to me that your EGR valve and EVAP need to be replaced. The car is hard to start because the pressure in the system is not correct in order for the engine to run efficiently. I would...

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...
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...
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...