Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Engine not turning over

asked by on

The car had been out of service for year when my daughter drove it. The car stopped operating. It's been been in the garage for a year since then. The battery may need charging, but the car never made a noise after it stopped. The engine isn't turning over.

A: A year is a very long time to have a vehicl...

A year is a very long time to have a vehicle sitting. At least once a week the engine must be started and ran, and the vehicle driven until the systems are warmed up. The engine oil must be changed before driving as conventional oil permits 3 months or 3,000 miles of lubrication protection. If you need further assistance, I recommend you have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, inspect the no-start issue and suggest an appropriate repair.

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: My car will not start. The lights come on however it will not turn over. When I have the battery charge it starts and will run

Hello, and thank you for writing in. The battery is likely going bad. There are a lot of presetting and memory that the vehicle must store when the car is off, and this pulls a small amount of electrical power....

Q: Whining after new installation of power steering pump

You either have excessive air in the fluid of the system that will gradually work its way out over a few days to a week, or the pump is defective. Try not to hold the steering in a locked position...

Q: Vehicle having a hard time passing smog check.

The first thing to do would be to see what the failures are. The Check Engine light would have to be scanned to see why it is on and address the codes. Then once the light codes are fixed then...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
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...