Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I put a penny in place of a fuse, tried to start my car and now it wont start and makes a grinding sound when i try to start it

asked by on

I put a penny in place of a fuse, tried to start my car and now it wont start and makes a grinding sound when i try to start it

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi there. Putting a penny in place of a fuse, not recommended, replace with the correct fuse. The fuse is there, to protect the circuit. If the fuse blows, there is a short to ground. The grinding sound, when you try to start your vehicle, could be the starter. The starter drive could be at fault or the flywheel has a problem. I recommend having your vehicle’s no start be diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician from YourMechanic.

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 put a penny in place of a fuse, tried to start my car and now it wont start and makes a grinding sound when i try to start it

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: 95 3000gt gets hot while accelerating but not during idle. Also doesn't reach the red line, but stays a notch or two below.

There is inadequate coolant flow or, less likely, a leak at the head gasket. Remote possibilities include dragging brakes, under inflated tires, and transmission faults. Inadequate coolant flow can be due to a low coolant level, a faulty thermostat, a...

Q: Difficulty starting, hesitates when gas is applied - 1973 Pontiac Ventura

Hello there, thanks for your question. You may have a few different things going on with your 1973 Pontiac Ventura. When you upgraded from the 2bbl to a 4bbl, you increased the amount of fuel the engine is getting. Given...

Q: Car not starting

The reason you are getting intermittent no start or stalls is due to the fuel pump or fuel pump module is bad. You should first start with the fuel system test when the no start happens. Remove rear seat and...

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...
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...
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...