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Q: Engine tries to crank, but can't.

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The car will not turn on. When I turn the key, I can hear the engine trying to start, but it never turns over.

It sounds like your car is either not getting fuel or not getting spark. This could be caused by dozens of things, from a failed crank sensor to a faulty fuel pump. My advice is to have your vehicle inspected by a trained professional. YourMechanic is an excellent option because we make house calls, which saves you a tow bill.

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