Q: What’s wrong if the starter works, but the engine won’t crank?

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What’s wrong if the starter works, but the engine won’t crank?

A: While the most common problem with the engi...

While the most common problem with the engine is a dead battery, there are other things that could be causing a no start situation. If you turn the key and the starter engages normally but the engine doesn’t crank, here are a few things to consider:

  • Try pausing for 10 seconds before cranking the engine again.

  • Make sure the car is in park or neutral (neutral and with the clutch pushed in for a stick shift).

  • Make sure you’re pressing the brake pedal.

  • Is the immobilizer light flashing? If so, your master key needs to be reprogrammed (or the key being used is incorrect).

  • Is there gas in the tank? Check the gas gauge and make sure it’s not empty.

  • Check the fuse to the fuel pump (it may be blown, in which case gas can’t get to the engine).

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