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Q: My car cranks but won't start.

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My car will crank but not start. Sometimes it takes a few tries then it starts. But now all it does is crank, and not start I've had the battery die, replaced it, it started fine, then after a few times of starting it, it went back to cranking but not starting.

My car has 160000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello, thanks for writing in about your 200...

Hello, thanks for writing in about your 2002 Pontiac Grand AM. There are several possible causes for a vehicle to not start. There could be a fuel supply problem, an ignition problem, or even a failed sensor. For an issue like this, it would be best to have a certified mechanic, like those available at YourMechanic, perform some diagnostics to identify where the starting problem is located.

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