Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Crank but no start.

asked by on

Okay so my truck was doing great. Till one day it took a while longer to start. Then longer the next day, basically it wouldn't start as fast as it used to. Now it just won't start, the lights work and would crank just wouldn't start. Bought a new battery for it but it won't start still :/

Hello, thank you for writing in. These are all classic signs that the starter is failing. The starter will often progressively get worse as it wears out. The second sign that the starter is to blame is that it will try to start the car, but is not powerful enough to do so. Even with the new battery supply, the starter cannot do anything with the energy. The starter is relatively easy to change, and should only take a few hours. The starter relay was a good guess, but they rarely wear down slowly. These components usually work perfectly, or not at all. For more help replacing the stater, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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: A click is heard, lights flash, and engine shuts down

Hello. The symptoms you are describing can be caused by a few different issues. The first thing I would check is to see if the battery is in good condition, properly charged, and able to pass a load test. I...

Q: My car won't start after being parked - 2009 BMW 328i

Hello there. A few common faults will cause your 2009 BMW 328i to not start after it is parked. You have done great in having the battery, starter, and the alternator checked as those will cause these symptoms. Other possible...

Q: Car cranks but doesnt start....

Hello. I would recommend checking a Chilton book to determine where the timing marks for the crank pulley are located. Chilton books provide an abundance of information that will help in diagnosing and repairing your vehicle. As for the fuel...

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...
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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...