Q: ignition is turning over but car won't start up

asked by on

The ignition will turn over but the car will not start. Lots of hesitation. Lights work, radio works, windows work. The terminals have some corrosion. The starter for this car has been replaced three times already. We don't know if it is the starter or the terminals. Thanks for your help.

My car has 175000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle will turn over but the car will not start with lots of hesitation, is somewhat confusing. Assuming, the starter is turning the engine over but, not well (lots of hesitation). It could be, the corrosion at the battery terminals preventing the starter from properly working. It could be, the battery is weak. It could be, faulty battery cables preventing the starter properly working. It could be, the flex-plate ring gear has bad teeth, which the starter drive engages during cranking. It could be, the starter is faulty again. The cranking RPM (revolutions per minute) needs to be at least 150-250 RPM for the engine to properly start. I recommend having your vehicle’s no start be diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. ignition is turning over but car won't start up

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: Master cylinder push rod loose

If the push rod came loose from the clutch pedal, it may be possible that the retaining pin simply slipped out, or the push rod is broken. I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, examine...

Q: I just put in a fuel pump and its still not starting and its not the fuel relay what could it be?

Hello, thank you for writing in. When it comes to no start and stalling issues, you want to start with the simple stuff. Make sure your batter cables are perfect, the new battery is fully charged, and make sure the...

Q: Could it be because of transmission that car lose power and won't move now into drive or reverse but engine is fine and functional

Hi Danielle. Thanks for contacting us today. There could be a few issues causing this problem, ranging from an inner transmission seal leak, a shift solenoid failure or other internal transmission components being damaged. This is something that a professional...

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...