Q: Why does my car start one day and the next day it wont start? The car will crank but wont turn over

asked by on December 27, 2016

My car shifts gears & locks up on me sometimes. It has its days when it will start & wont start. One day it will crank and turn over then other days it wont turn over
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. With intermittent symptoms, diagnosis can take longer but is typically the same as diagnosing any other starting problem. The main issue is that you can only perform the testing needed when the issue is occurring. If the vehicle starts and works normally, all of the components are likely going to pass their tests. There are several components that will work intermittently. They include the fuel pump, charging system, a number of sensors, and any electrical connection that is loose. When the vehicle is not starting, test for fuel pressure, spark, and the electrical connection on any of the sensors that effects starting (air intake, camshaft/crankshaft position sensors). For more diagnostic help, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

Was this answer helpful?
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

My car will crank but will not start.

Hi there. If your engine was running just fine and then after sitting for 15 minutes and then all of a sudden the engine will not start up but it cranks, then there could be an issue with the igniter...

Car starts fine, sputters even when giving it gas, shakes and dies, sometimes there's a clanging in the engine

Hi there. Sounds like the engine is not getting enough fuel as if the fuel pump is not working. The engine will start normally and then die off when you give it gas. Check the fuel pressure when the engine...

When making left turns engine seems to make scratchy noiseg

The noise may be coming from the brakes or the rotor is hitting the backing plate for the brakes due to a loose wheel bearing. You should have the brakes and bearings checked.

Related articles

Can a Bad Sensor Prevent a Car From Starting?
If your car isn't starting or has a hard time starting, a faulty sensor may be to blame. Car sensors monitor data to keep your car running smoothly.
A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV
With With the phasing out of the long-lived and beloved police cruiser in the form of the Ford Crown Victoria, 2012 brought a new car into town via the Caprice PPV (Police Patrol Vehicle). This new incarnation of an old...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re a Plumber
Plumbers Plumbers need to carry around all manner of tools and supplies. If you’re plumbing a large building, or even a decent sized home, you’re going to need a vehicle that has quite a bit of cargo capacity. A car...