Q: My car won't start. It tries to turn over but won't.

asked by on

It started the other day when I went to leave work and the car wouldn't start so I tried to jump start it and nothing happened. The next day I went to work and it started but very weakly. I tried to go to work this morning. Got to the gas station and it died again. Same thing, won't start and tries to turn over. I checked the spark plugs and made sure all connections were good.

My car has 224332 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi, thanks for writing in. Your battery may need to be replaced. If you don’t have the right about of Cold Cranking Amps your vehicle will fail to start. There is no way to check this though. Also, your alternator could be going bad. Generally alternators fine, but once in a while you will hear about ones that are going bad. If you would like help, consider having an expert automotive technician from YourMechanic come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose this issue for you, and make or suggest any repairs as needed.

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. My car won't start. It tries to turn over but won't.

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: AC leaking

Hi. While there is a small amount of refrigerant that will be lost by the AC system over the years, there is also a chance a leak may have developed. The system's pressure needs to be checked and recharged to...

Q: Vehicle start sometimes sometimes runs, and other time don't start. Run and shutdown! 2002 Toyota Sequoia

Hello - the first task is to extract problem codes, whether the Check Engine light is on or not. Most auto parts stores will do this for you for free on a "time-available" basis. These will greatly simplify diagnosis. If...

Q: Squeaking belts

The power steering pump belt is not turning and can be the cause for the loss of steering. The water pump may be seized causing the overheating problem. I recommend having a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, check the...

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...