Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The car won't start

asked by on

It started making a grinding growling sound when started till one it just stopped turning over or even starting and has an exhaust smell

My car has 13000 miles.
My car's transmission is unknown to me.

A: Hello. I'm guessing your battery is sho...

Hello. I'm guessing your battery is shot. What you are smelling is likely your battery. Does it look like it's swelling? If so, it is toast. Be extremely careful when replacing it because when a battery gets to this point, it could bust at any second. If you are uncomfortable performing this task, a qualified technician from YourMechanic can come to your home to inspect the exhaust smell and the no-start condition.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: What else can it be?

From what you've described, this sounds like potentially a power steering pump issue since the noise increases with speed which indicates it may be something related to the speed of pulley components. I would check power steering fluid levels to...

Q: car has bad smell when I run it coming from under the hood

For this diagnosis it would've been helpful if the smell was described in more detail to help you with the problem. For example, the smell of a dead animal versus the smell of burnt oil. If you cannot describe it...

Q: My truck has problems turning over when I crank the engine (it won't start), and my battery keeps draining.

Hi there, thanks for writing in. It sounds like your vehicle may be having a couple of problems. For the first problem, regarding the battery being drained and not charging back up, you will need to have the charging system...

Related articles

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...
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.