Q: Engine will not start.

asked by on January 13, 2016

The engine in my car will not start. The horn is still loud, so I don't think it is the battery. The engine attempts to turn over, but it is weak.

Car is not starting Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Just because the horn still works doesn’t mean your battery has enough "juice" to turn over the engine. I suggest you have a qualified technician test your starting and charging system. Since your vehicle won’t start, calling YourMechanic would be a great idea. Our technicians make house calls, which means you can avoid a tow bill.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

What others are asking

Front passenger airbag status light gets illuminated when I start the ignition and noone is seated on pessenger side. Please advis

It is normal for the passenger air bag off light to be on when no one is in the seat. This indicates the system is not activating the passenger air bag when no one is in seat. If someone is...

Rattle noise

Hi there. Either the engine's timing tensioner is loose and not pressurizing up when the engine is started up or the camshaft variable timing solenoid is sticking when the engine oil is thick - cold. I recommend putting in an...

Misfiring and p0300 code

It may be possible the misfire is from coolant leaking onto the plug wires. You will need to fix the coolant leaks first and at the same time make sure the camshaft and crankshaft position sensors did not get coolant...

Smoke keeps coming out of the hood when I am drive My 2005 Liberty Jeep and temperature gauge does not move to the right side

Hello. Sounds like you have a cooling system leak, and you have air inside the engines coolant passages. The engine will violently boil off the coolant inside the engine as you have observed. Let it cool, refill with coolant, turn...

do you know how long it would take to replace an oxygen sensor in a 2005 nissan murano?

Hello. We'll be happy to assist you. The labor time will depend on which oxygen sensor you need replaced. There are four different oxygen sensors on your vehicle. There are two upstream and two downstream oxygen sensors. We will have...

Starting issue, 1991 Saab 9000

Typically, when this type of problem occurs, the most common causes are either a bad battery, or a poor connection. If the vehicle starts and runs normally after being jumped, this is usually a sign that there may be enough...

I have a 2007 Lexus es 350 about a month ago I covered check and blow out a tire on the front side driver side and now it makes a

You will need to have your vehicle put on an alignment machine to have the suspension checked to see what was bent. You may have bent the wheel, spindle, control arm and strut all need checked.

A garbage truck backed up on the hood of my 2016 kia optima my hood is crunched up to the wind shield. My airbags did not deploy.

Hello, thank you for writing in. To start, there was a major recall of your make, model, and year for an air bag front end crash malfunction. You need to look up your VIN and verify that your vehicle was...

Rough Idle in park and neutral runs smooth in gear

You will need to have the engine checked to see if you have codes to assist with diagnosis before looking at getting the ECM reprogrammed for the rough idle at a dealer. I would suggest having a certified technician diagnose...

Related articles

What Are the Best Spark Plugs for Normal Use?
Spark Spark plugs are essential components of your ignition system. They’re responsible for supplying the spark that ignites fuel and starts the combustion process. However, not all spark plugs are created equal. You’ll find “normal” plugs on the market, but...
What Is the Difference Between Conventional, Electronic and Distributor-less Ignition Systems?
If If you’re like many people, you know that when you turn the key in your ignition, the engine cranks and you’re able to drive your car. However, you might not know how that ignition system works. For that matter,...
The Top 5 Selling Cars in Georgia in 2012
Georgia Georgia offers drivers a mild climate with very little snow, but rain is a major factor. Previous best-selling cars in the area, such as the Escape, Fusion and Camry, have shown that residents prefer a mix of both SUV...