Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What precautions should I follow when starting the engine?

asked by on

What precautions should I follow when starting the engine?

While starting your engine is as simple as turning the key and then releasing it once the engine is running, there are some things you should know. The following precautions will help prevent damage to your engine, as well as ensure your safety:

  • Don’t press the gas while starting the engine.

  • Always make sure the car is in park before starting the engine.

  • Don’t hold the key in the start position for more than 30 seconds.

  • If the engine isn’t running, avoid leaving the key in the on or accessory position as it can drain your battery.

  • If the engine is slow to start, or if it stalls after starting, have it inspected right away.

  • Always sit in the driver seat to crank the car (don’t crank it by leaning into the car to turn the key).

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. What precautions should I follow when starting the engine?

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: How do I adjust the steering wheel of a 2012 Toyota RAV4?

It’s important that you have the right position and the right grip on the steering wheel at all times. Because drivers are different heights and have longer or shorter reaches, your vehicle is equipped with an adjustable steering wheel. It...

Q: What type of twin turbo on 2JZGTE engine?

The 96 is equipped with the Hitachi C12B turbos stock. So as long as no one has modified it, you should be good.

Q: Not turning over spinning - 1980 Mercedes-Benz 240D

Hello. It sounds like your starter is going bad and needs to be replaced. The starter solenoid is made onto the starter and is most likely causing the problem you are having. At some point the starter is going to...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
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...