Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Gauges work, but car doesn't start

asked by on

The car won't start, thought he gauges work when the key is turned. I think I need a new battery.

A: Hello. If the car does not attempt to start...

Hello. If the car does not attempt to start, but the gauges will move, then it is indeed more than likely a battery. It sounds like there is just enough power to cycle the gauges. I would typically start by doing a load test on the battery to see if it passes. If not then it needs to be replaced. If it is fine then the battery cables need to be checked as well as the power to the starter. There is also a common issue with the steering column lock that can cause this. If you need assistance, have a certified mechanic perform these tests for you to determine why your car is not starting.

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: Suspension stiff

Generally suspension components will not get stiffer unless there is something in the suspension system that is seized or damaged. A full inspection of the suspension system should be carried out. Loose steering on the other hand generally happens when...

Q: 2004 Saturn wont crank after I installed backwards battery

Reverse polarity, at the battery, in a 12 volt electrical system on a car can cause a variety of effects including damaging the alternator, diodes and the numerous microprocessors on the vehicle such as those in the powertrain control module...

Q: Is my Catalytic Converter bad?

Hello - yes, it is possible that catalytic converter is busted. This ceramic honeycomb is fragile, and a good whack on the converter from a good size stone, or a speed bump that was a bit too high, can easily...

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...
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 Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.