Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Engine won't even try to start but all the lights turn on and battery is fine.

asked by on

Is it a spark plug problem if the Engine does not even try to turn over but all the lights are good. About once a week my truck won't start

My car has 142000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hey there. One of many components can cause...

Hey there. One of many components can cause a no crank condition. A bad ignition switch can be a cause. If the switch does not send a signal to the starter, nothing will happen when you turn the ignition to START. The fact that it happens once in a while leads me to believe it may be a starter issue.

There may be a "dead spot" in the electrical windings inside the starter. If the starter stops spinning on this "dead spot" after starting the vehicle, it may not start the next time you try to start it. If the starter is visible and easily accessible, grab a friend and a small hammer the next time it happens. While one of you holds the ignition in the START position, have the other lightly tap the starter with the hammer. If it starts right up, then the starter is at fault. If this does not work, have a certified technician look into the no start condition as any of numerous components can be at fault.

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: When engine is cold it studders and misses but when warm it runs juss fine no codes and engine light isnt on why is this happening

When an engine is cold it will need more fuel to run correctly. I would recommend having the fuel injection system cleaned to see if it helps to run better. If the flush does not work then a scan will...

Q: Why does my 2012 nissan altima Rev while engine is cold? It just started doing this with cold weather.

Modern vehicles have what we sometimes refer to as a "warm up program". The transmission will hold engine revs a bit higher until the engine warms up. This is to warm up the engine and catalytic converters faster for emissions...

Q: No start. Not getting fuel. Low voltage at pressure regulator and happened suddenly

The glow plugs are working properly as well? I know of these being a common factor in hard starts and no starts on diesel trucks. Low fuel pressure is a good sign that there may be trouble with the fuel...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...