Q: Q: My car cranks but won't start.

asked by on

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.

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.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: 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: Faulty sensors preventing startup

Hello, from what you are describing, I am assuming that you are referring to your crankshaft sensor. Before replacing parts, you should have the car scanned for codes and data monitored. If there are no codes, the crankshaft RPM can...

Q: Reduced power 2005 Pontiac G6

Hi there - if I understood your symptoms correctly, the serpentine/accessory belt has failed? If so, that would lead to overheating and a run-down battery since this belt drives both the water pump and alternator. The car will start limiting...

Q: no start issue 1990 ford ranger custom v6 2.9l automatic RWD

If, by chance, the fuel has been in the fuel tank "for a while", it won't burn, at least not in an engine. So, the first thing to consider is the age of the gas. The plugs do have to...

Related articles

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
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.