Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I'm having electrical issues and now my car won't start, it will crank but not star.

asked by on

First started for about a month my a/c wouldn't blow cold air, then last night my blinker completely stopped working, the green arrows didn't show on my dash nor did they show outside of my car. Also my lights turned to fog (very dim) lights while on automatic. This morning I went to start my car and it will crank but won't start. Is this the transmission? Or a bad fuse or relay?

My car has 186000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

All of these problems are most likely not related to each other. The no start is the most serious and may be due to the fuel pump or ignition module not working. You will need to have the vehicle scanned for codes and diagnosed to isolate the failure. The headlights are most likely the bulbs going bad. The turn signal electronic relay or turn signal switch may have gone bad. If you would like to have any or all of these items checked, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the electrical problems and let you know what needs 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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • I'm having electrical issues and now my car won't start, it will crank but not star.

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: Right, Rear Turn Signal Not Working but its a New Bulb

It only takes a small amount of corrosion to interrupt the flow of current. You probably just have a dirty light socket. If you get a small strip of 400 grit sandpaper and rub it on the contact surfaces in...

Q: No crank no start at witts end

This sounds like potentially a faulty starter solenoid. Try checking for power to the solenoid. The clicking sound is common sometimes when the battery is weak, but is also a common sign of a faulty starter solenoid. Have a qualified...

Q: Steering wheel stiff and noisy

Hi there. There are a few different things that can go wrong and cause this. Most of the time, if it is intermittent it is due to a belt that is coming loose or a clog in the system. I...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...