Q: My car cranks but won’t start

asked by on

When it rains my car has a difficult time to start up, but today it was wet outside and when I started to start my car it wouldn’t start at all. The car cranks to the point where the battery dies. I tried jump starting the car and it still wouldn’t turn on. The car does have enough fuel in it. All it does is crank but doesn’t turn on.

My car has 199711 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If electrical and ignition systems get water in them it can cause no starts or hard starting. You will need to have the computer tested for codes and ignition system checked to see if you are losing spark to the spark plugs. Have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come and diagnose the problem for you.

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. My car cranks but won’t start

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: coughs when accelerating or going up hills while in gear.

Hi there. Typically when an engine "coughs" it is due to a cylinder misfire. This could be caused by one of several ignition system components or fuel system components that are not working efficiently due to simply being dirty or...

Q: Car is accelerating without pushing gas, full rev when placed in park, should I drive it home from work? 28 miles away, oceanside

Hi there. This issue is typically caused by a malfunction of the cruise control system or throttle control. However it can also be caused by something as simple as the carpet or floor mats pressing down on the accelerator accidentally....

Q: reduce engine speed , trac ,and service engine light on. Had gas pedal assembly and throttle replaced.. Wire harness or computer n

This vehicle may have a wire harness issue of bad crimps on the connectors to the cluster, engine control module (ECM), and other areas that can cause these intermittent failures. The codes you are receiving are most likely the...

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 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.