Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The car cranks but occasionally wouldn't start

asked by on

Hi, I am having serious startup problems with my car. I took it to the shop as well as to the dealership and I still have the problem. The car would crank but occasionally wouldn't start up. Sometimes it would turn over completely while other times, the engine couldn't be started. They kept telling us it is the battery so we finally had it replaced. After a couple of days that I wasn't driving the car, the battery was dead and had to be jump-started. I had to take it to the dealer again. They had timing belt and cam sensor replaced. Nevertheless, the issue with the startup persisted. It would crank but wouldn't turn over. After trying it eventually would. I need some advice on what to check next and solve this issue permanently. Thanks.

A: If the battery is going dead after a couple...

If the battery is going dead after a couple of days then you have an issue with something drawing the battery down. A battery that is low may not be able to start the engine since the starter will take most of the power and the fuel pump and ignition system will not get enough power.

You need to find out the cause of the draw in the system. The alternator may be shorted or the antitheft may be doing it. If the antitheft is causing this, the no start will have the light on when trying to start it. I recommend having a mechanic inspect your car’s starting problem to see if the antitheft module is intermittently not disabling the system.

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

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: MY CAR IS OVERHEATING AND THE ENGINE LIGHT IS ON

The code P2076 is for the intake manifold runner control, and the other code P0067 does not show that it goes to the car and is not listed as a possible code. Your overheating should be checked before driving any...

Q: I took my car in for a full service today. They did the service and my car suddenly cannot be driven. What could the issue be?

Hi there. If the code came on for the camshaft position sensor, then the computer has seen that the sensor is not working properly. If the vehicle was working before and now has the code for the camshaft position sensor,...

Q: Driving my minivan two days ago it felt like the transmission wasn't shifting right but on my way home I heard a weird noise 2001 Mazda MPV

Hi there - check your transmission fluid level first - make sure the fluid is relatively clear (vs cloudy) and closer to pink-red than black (dirty), as well as being at the correct level. Check also for problem codes, whether...

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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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...