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Why Your Car is Cranking but Not Able to Get Started


If you have been a car user for years, it must not be an uncommon experience for you, when you car was cranking as usual but not being able to get started. According to the automotive industry technicians, this state of a car is termed as the “a no-start condition". The diagnosing process of what could have caused have never been that complicated though. It has to be a scarcity of any of the basic need items like fuel, air, and spark. So, if there is any clogging in the pathways of any of these items, the result can be simple, your car will refuse to start normally.


To start a vehicle, these three things need to come together at the right sequence of time and quantities and keep flowing in the same order for the engine to run. The technicians at the Henderson car dealer service center said, it isn’t very difficult for them to chalk out the reason behind the failed ignition, as it always has been wither the coil, or some issue with the oil distributor, failed fuel pump, or obstructed fuel filter that is creating a hindrance in the smooth flow of the fuel, air, or spark, causing the engine to crank but not start.

Terminologies Defining the Problem

The technicians who work at the vehicle service centers categorized these issues in few terminologies that are shared by all across the globe. Here’s a hint to them, to make it easy for you to know what could have gone wrong with your car. For this we need to be clear about, what it means by “cranking” and “starting” of your car engine.

What is Cranking

There are some car owners who think that this terminology is indicative of an engine to be running. But foran automobile technician, it means that the starter of the said car is able to successfully engage the flywheel while properly rotating the crankshaft of the engine. Hence, this stage is also called by some technicians as “cranking."

What are No-Start Conditions

If your car is facing a no-start condition, it has to be the starter issue that is either engaging or rotating the crank shaft or it isn't. When it isn’t doing any of them, your car is facing the no-start condition.
To diagnose the exact problem, we heard the technicians serving at the Las Vegas car dealer checking all these parts.

They usually start with the car battery that might have enough juice remaining to turn the engine over but might not have enough “oomph" left that is required to make the engine start. This is seen to be happening more frequently with the fuel injected and computer-controlled engines.

This is why, the technicians will always recommend the car owners to keep a check on the battery with the help of a multimeter to make sure it is able to read a number that counts at least 12.4 volts.

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