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Question DetailsAsked on 9/1/2017

What is possibly wrong with my car that won't start but has power to turn over?

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Well - if it turns over normally (decent rate of turn, not moaning and groaning in the process) then your battery and starting circuit is OK - so that narrows it done, in the vast majority of cases (assuming it ran fine before you last shut it off) to an electrical problem (short, loose wiring connection, defective mother board, etc) or fuel issue - out of fuel, fuel pump failure, fuel line blockage, fuel injector failure, etc.

Check first with key to ON but not START position and check fuel gage - are you out of gas ?

IF you turn it over a few revolutions (not a lot, to avoid starter overheating or killing battery) and then sniff at the exhaust pipe - if you smell raw gas smell, most likely an electrical problem, which could be any of many causes. If no gas smell, likely a fuel problem - or an electronics issue with a sensor (correctly or incorrectly) which is preventing starting.

SOooo many possible causes, can't diagnose from a thousand or two miles away - auto service is your Search the List category to find a mechanic to work on it - or take to dealer or your model for commonly better understanding of such problems, but commonly at 25-50% higher mechanic and parts costs.

Ask first - some shops will tow themselves or pay for the towing bill if total job cost exceeds a certain amount - commonly around $500. And remember if you have the car under warranty or are a AAA member or have towing coverage on your car insurance to use that service to avoid typically $75-100 towing charge for a few mile tow.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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