Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My brother has a 2003 Sentra when I went to crank it up it wouldn't start at all

asked by on

Battery was fine, is it the starter?

My car has 89000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi, thanks for writing in. If the starter i...

Hi, thanks for writing in. If the starter is not turning the engine over, there are a number of possible issues that essentially follow the electrical power path to a successful start. Check battery condition, battery cable connections, ignition switch operation, starter solenoid (the component that often "clicks" when you attempt to start the engine unsuccessfully), and the starter motor itself. Wiring along this path may also be damaged or have poor connections. I suggest you have a mobile, professional mechanic from YourMechanic.com come to your location and perform a car will not turn over inspection. This diagnosis, done at your location, will provide a specific diagnosis of the failed component, and recommend what repair(s) are needed.

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: I replace my ecm cranks once but won't start

Hi, thanks for writing in. There are a number of systems that your ECM controls. Be sure you are getting power to all of your critical components like fuel pump, injectors, coil packs, etc. Check to see if when cranking...

Q: How do I transfer a cell phone call to the Bluetooth system?

If you are already on a phone call when you enter the vehicle, you can transfer the call to the Bluetooth system, as long as your phone is paired. To do so, simply press the Phone Send button once the...

Q: Car wouldn't start, electronics work

Hello there. Thanks for writing in about your 2001 Mercedes CLK430. There are a few potential causes for this. Most common would be a fuel pump, battery, battery cable, starter, or ignition switch. Any of those parts could be intermittently...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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.