Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The engine cranks but doesn't start

asked by on

Hey I have a Mazda that cranks but doesn't want to start. So far I've replaced the battery, starter, distributor, spark plugs, fuses, and the alternator but it still doesn't start. I've bought an OBD scanner to hopefully see if the codes would pop up as to why it isn't starting but it doesn't pull codes unless the car is running. I've tried to start the car in neutral but that doesn't help, and when the hood is open, when I try to start it, I smell a really small amount of gas but the "mechanic" I hired said the fuel pump "sounds like it works". Another question I have is would the car crank even if the engine is blown? Some people are saying since I've replaced all those things and it still doesn't start, it might be a blown engine. Yourmechanic needs to come to Connecticut.

My car has 170000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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: What Is the Difference Between a Timing Belt and a Timing Chain?

The main difference is the material that they are made of. The timing belt is made out of a rubber base product. The timing chain is made from a type of metal. An engine has one camshaft or it can...

Q: Car has no spark

Hi There, This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark or possibly timing issues. Things like ignition coils, crankshaft position sensor, spark plugs, spark plug wires or ignition module...

Q: My car started cutting out after driving for a little while?

Hi, thanks for writing in. If the car had been sitting for 9 months, there may be a good chance of it having something as simple as bad fuel or bad spark plugs. I would recommend starting with a basic...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
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...