Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I tried to crank it but it wont start and the lights dim when trying to crank it

asked by on

I noticed in my car that when i begin to crank it, it has a whining nose like it doesnt wont to crank. When i start it the lights dim. Now the car isnt starting at all.

My car has 106000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Starting systems are typically very simple....

Starting systems are typically very simple. For the most part, you will be concerned with the battery and the starter. It sounds like your battery is dead. I would first attempt to jump start it.

If using another car to jump start your vehicle: attach the red (positive) terminal of the vehicle that is running to the jumper cable. Then hook the black (negative) terminal to the jumper cable. Connect the other end of the cables to the red (positive) and then black (negative) terminals on the dead vehicle and then attempt to start your vehicle.

If this doesn’t work, you will want to turn your attention to the starter. The starter can be bench tested, but these tests can give you false positives. If the issues is not related to the battery or the starter, you will want to look into the ignition. The neutral safety switch can cause starting issues as well. But it is highly likely this is a dead battery or a bad starter. If you would like to have this problem taken care of for you, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the starting problem and guide your through repairs.

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

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: Shift selenoid "A" electrical P0753

If you did not do so while replacing shift solenoid "A" (if I am reading your query correctly), disconnect the battery for 10 minutes or so, re-connect the battery, and drive the car for 15-20 minutes. This will reset the...

Q: Knock sensor code

Hello. Knock sensors play a large roll in how the PCM (powertrain control module) times the spark. If excessive knock is present from the combustion cycle, the knock sensor will retard timing and attempt to correct it. The opposite is...

Q: Possible fuel pump issue? Car does not start.

Hi there. From the description you have provided, running over the median, car scraped hard, drove to the gas station a mile down the road, sputtered and died, could be any number of problems. The fact the fuel pump now...

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 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...
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.