Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My doesn't my car turn on?

asked by on

Okay, this is something that it is not familiar to me since it's the first time that it has happened. Yesterday, while I was going to my church, my car starting spitting and shutting off by itself. I noticed that when I left my foot on the gas pedal, while in idle position, the car didn't shut off. It was something that stopped for a bit. After that, while I was going to my mom's house, the car started doing it again. This time, it happened frequently. In one point, no matter if I left my foot on the gas or clutch pedal, the car just shut off. While I was in a light, braking, the car turned off by itself. After that, my car hasn't turned on. I've tried a series of things: new fuse, checking the small fuses, oil, water; to see if the spark plug cables, as well, had electricity going through (it doesn't), the battery. We even punched the gas tank to see if it was the pump, it wasn't. What may it be?

My car has 220000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Was spark checked while the engine was running? The problem may be a number of things, but the basics have to be checked correctly. A lack of fuel pressure means there is a problem with fuel delivery whether it is the fuel pump, a clogged filter or no power because of a fuse. Banging on the tank doesn’t always work and is not recommended because if you hit the tank too hard you may damage a baffle in the tank or the fuel pump assembly and cause more issues. If there is no spark, it may be due to a failed distributor or engine component position sensor as the computer relies on these parts for proper ignition timing. Consider hring an experienced technician like one from YourMechanic who can come out and dig a little deeper into your no start concern to offer a more personal diagnosis.

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

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!

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: Car began shiftly badly

As you know, the Mazda RX-8 has a rotary engine, which means that there are no pistons. While these are great engines, they do require a bit more attention than a regular piston engine. It may be possible that you...

Q: During rain, dashboard lights & radio fade out - 1999 BMW 332is

Probably one or more electrical connections are getting wet when it rains. The wheel speed sensor for example is at wheel level (inside the wheel arch), and catches all sort of road spray. Once you find the problem connectors, spray...

Q: cranks but won't start - 1988 Mazda 323

Hi there. You need to check to see if the new spark plugs have spark. If not, then the engine should be checked to see if it has a bad coil or spark signal from ignition module. If you need...

Related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
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.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.