Q: Q: Start issue

asked by on

The car starts fine when cold driving it around for a while I stop for gas shut it off went trying to start it after pumping gas it wouldn't start, no noise nothing except for the fuel pump noise there is a maintenance required light on

My car has 196000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The maintenance reminder light generally refers to the need to change the engine oil and filter. That would not be relevant to the present no start. If the check engine light is on, or even if it is off, there might be stored diagnostic trouble codes which would provide clues to the no start. Be sure any engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated, thus preventing the car from starting. If you turn the key to the "start" position and you hear no starter operation, broadly that means that either the starter motor/solenoid assembly is faulty or the electrical circuit supplying the motor has a fault. That circuit begins at the battery (of course, the battery has to be load tested because a faulty battery is a possible cause of no start) and includes grounds, wiring (some of which is very heavy cabling), fuses, relays, the ignition switch and terminations. Basically, with the key held in the "start" position, the starter is either getting power or it isn’t. With the key in the "start" position, if the starter motor is getting power but it doesn’t work, the starter is condemned and replaced. On the other hand, with the key in the "start" position, if there is no power to the starter, then the circuit is traced until the fault in the circuit is found. In addition to a faulty ignition switch, faults can include high resistances, due to corrosion, wire strand breaks, or loose terminals, which can only be diagnosed using a voltage drop test. If you desire that a certified mechanic resolve this, please simply request a no start diagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will get the problem diagnosed and repaired for you. Please let us know if you have further concerns or questions as we are always here to help 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. Q: Start issue

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: I went in for an oil change at about 48k miles; now maintenance light keeps coming on.

Your vehicle has sub menus for oil, brakes, emissions, and other categories of maintenance. If you are referring to the oil maintenance reminder symbol, that reminder is based on elapsed time as well as vehicle operating conditions. So, even though...

Q: Car won't start - 2005 Ford Explorer

The first question to answer for yourself is, does the engine attempt to start, also known as cranking over? If not, then you need to be concerned with your starting system. The battery may be powerful enough to power accessories,...

Q: Hi, Can you give give me estimate cost of replacing all brakes on X3 2004? Thanks!

Hi there.Your Mechanic has several available technicians that can assist you with brake pads replacement, brake rotor replacement, brake fluid flush service with new brake fluid, and a brake system inspection. In order to give you an accurate estimate, we...

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...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...