Q: Q: Engine cranks but won't start.

asked by on

Car was running fine with no indication of problem. The next time I went to start the car, it would crank, but would not fire. No hesitation in starter. Freely turned over. But not even a sputter. I tried several more times over the next couple of days with the same result. I pulled and inspected all engine bay fuses. All were fine. Tried to restart again and same result. I disconnected vaccum line from Fuel pressure sensor to check for gas. There was none. Reconnected I then rented a fuel pressure tester from Autozone. I hooked up the gauge and turned ignition to "on" but did not try to start the car. No pressure registered, Not sure if that is normal or not. I then tried to start the car. It sputtered briefly and then started right up! Showing around 35 psi. Test drove and and it ran fine. So far it has continued to start without issue. Is it possible that just hooking up the gauge did something? Relieved pressure, airlock or something?? Or was it just a coincidence?

My car has 102000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. There could have been a vapor lock in the fuel line, but also if fuel level is low, then the fuel pump will draw air when going up hill or starting and stopping fast. If the fuel pressure drops again and the pump is on, then the fuel pressure regulator could be failing. If you need further assistance with your fuel system, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: Engine cranks but 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: 2010 Ford Escape, replaced the ignition switch and lock cylinder and my vehicle still will not start

Be sure you have a fully charged battery that passes a load test. Confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. If the immobilizer system is on, you may see a...

Q: Car won't crank after an engine swap project

The problem with swapping engines is that these type of fitting issues tend to happen more often than not. In most cases, the flywheel is not properly aligned with the starter or transmission; causing the starter to not engage correctly....

Q: Q: What does the “Check fuel fill inlet” warning mean in the message center?

The “check fuel fill inlet” warning is an indication of an issue with the fuel cap, which covers the fuel fill inlet. Fuel caps are a vital part of the evaporative emissions (EVAP) system. If the fuel cap is damaged,...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.