Car wont start but cranks? Learn how to fix a car that turns over but wont start. I also show how to fix a car that has been sitting for a long time! I go though 5 quick steps on how to find the reason your car doesn't start!
Every engine needs Fuel, Air, Spark, Compression and Timing.
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my car has been sitting in the drive not working for close to one and a half years with no codes being thrown out. and after watching your video I took my engine apart and looked at everything it has no sludge and no bad timing everything worked. but now after taking away the MAF sensor it started and ran as it did the day before it didn't. and gotta say thanks for the information of your vids.
+Ella Lynn did you tried put the subtitle/closed captions? that way when you pause the video the words across the bottom of the video will stay there and you can easily catch up what Chris saying, but bare in mind sometimes the subtitles may typed the wrong word/s like when they person say before the text shows be4, beefore, befour for example
Chris taking of the value cover and seeing what happens with not changing motor oil at 3000 to 5000 miles is such a lesson learned. People change your motor oil or have the sludge build up you saw in this Honda!
I am calling bullshit on your video. You wouldn't have good compression if the cam timing is off that far. And it looked like you had the crankshaft 180 out. You pulled it up to exhaust stroke.
Because the cam turns once for every two crankshaft revolutions, you should always pull up your cam mark first, that way you know you are on the compression stroke on number 1, then see where your crank mark is at.
That being said you did a pretty good job with your video.
But there are only 3 things to make an engine run
2: fuel ( that includes air) since there is 14:1 air:fuel ratio.
You did assume that there was fuel in the combustion chamber though, just because you have fuel pressure and injectors clicking does not mean the fuel is getting through the injector.
If you have a clogged air inlet you will see this reflected in your compression test.
But that is my insight,
I did this for a living for years, and was one of the first people in my state to be L-1 ASE certified so I know a little bit about what I am talking about.
On a "no start", on a 96 or newer, you should always start with a quick check for codes withe a scan tool, then check for spark,
If you have spark move on to fuel, crank it and pull a spark plug it should be wet and smell like gas, if that all seems okay, then compression test, this sequence of testing will save time to diagnose the problem.
This guy is great. He communicates well and his videos are clear and easily understood. He also conveys a sense of excitement to the work and he's so well organized. I've pidgeoned-holed a lot of his little tricks in the old noggin for the next time I'm working on an engine with buddies. Chris Fix is my new mechanic. Thank you for the videos.
+Cyber Stein You still dont get it. When I say the car is a pos im talking about the ability to drive the car from Florida to California with nothing more than some gas. This car will not do that. I dont give a shit about the dumb ass mechanic that threw parts at it. If you read back through what we have been talking about its whether this car sucks donkey dicks or not. I can actually define what a piece of shit is: If you spent the money and time to fix the car how it should be and performed the preventive maintenance the car would still be worth less than the money you just put in it.
+RAP Beats I don't give a damn what you have, the car runs, that's all that matters. The guy was using it for day to day back and forth to work. The point is the shitty mechanic made the guy pay a lot of money for stuff he did not need, all for just a timing belt issue.
So the car needs work, no big deal. The point again is the shitty mechanic skipped a very basic fix. Stop being a baby.
+Cyber Stein I have more blue and white pieces of paper than you (ases). Ive worked for nissan and honda as a lead tech. The car is still a pos. Now for chris fixes channel its perfect. Plenty of shit to fix and plenty of stuff to make videos about.
Whenever I pull a valve cover and see sludge like that, its a good sign that the brakes are metal to metal, rotors are chewed to shit, tires are dry rotted and probably have what appears to be a grenades worth of shrapnel in them. Anything thats rubber is fked. Brake fluid is probably a nice shade of shit brown....i can keep going. Basically no preventative maintenance has been done. Guess what happens when you dont take care of something? It becomes a piece of shit. I should inform your mother about this idea.
+RAP Beats It's running, seems like it's not a piece of shit afterall. So what you're saying is that a car is a piece of shit if it needs a new timing belt and needs some cleaning? Good to know. I bet you're a wonderful mechanic. Yeah, just sell me that car, it's a piece of shit, right?
Chris Fix has brought back those so called "Pieces of shit", so yeah, I will stick with it being a perfectly running car.
Are you the pissed of mechanic?
As someone who knows how to do a few basic repairs (and I mean BASIC) on my own car I found that incredibly fascinating. Shame your neighbour's mechanic didn't follow your troubleshooting steps, seems like the logical things to check. Nice one.
please do a video on how to clean up the inside of that engine....many of us buy used cars and want to undo the years of neglect previous owners have done....it would be nice to see someone who knows what to do give a heads up.
chris,curious I have a 2002 monte carlo spins but wont start,this is intermittent.ive replaced and diagnosed most things one could,sooo many vids on this car but no solutions,any ideas? thanx chris like your vids
why are you not....a mechanic instructor,bro..... unbelievable. the best how to video, ever..great instructions Chris....you are the best , mechanic I've EVER seen on YouTube, or should I say life!
wish you were local in NY.
gona jump in here real quick and point one thing out. I had a car that wouldn't start, it was due to broken timing gear, yeah GM used teflon or plastic toothed cam sprockets in the 80s and all the teeth sheared off, I'm guessing overtime. eventually enough in a row broke off and it just happened to stop with all broken teeth on top so the crank was spinning, the pistons were slamin around but the cam wasnt turning, I was lucky I had enough gap between the piston TDC and full valve extension because as I said those pistons were moving as the crank and starter were fully spinning. Like in your car. I did all the same checks but took the valve cover off and spun the engine and low and behold the valve lifters were not moving. Tore the whole front of the engine off, that included AC compressor, vacuum pump, steering pump, alternator, and water pump finally got to the timing chain cover and boom the chain literally fell out into my hand and wow, the feeling of YEP! 'that's your problem right there' was super awesome. Sucked that I had to go through all that and it took me nearly a month of work to figure that out but I did it, changed the sprocket aligned the markers installed the new chain and all the parts again and boom first try it fired right up I was so fucking proud of myself. good times.
Man I wish I saw this video three years ago. Instead of junking my 96 Civic lx I donated it to Kars for kids it had a rough idle and one point didn’t start. I’m about to look for another no start Honda and troubleshoot using your tips man good stuff you are awesome.
Hey Chris i have a question, I have a 4 door honda civic, 1996 model, automatic transmission, we recently changed the distributor due to it's very old age, and now idles differently, usually low, i am new to cars and i would like to fix it, but could you give tips where i could check first? Thanks in advance!
Chris, your videos are truly magical. Every single video you make puts me in such a good mood and always puts a big smile on my face. You are a blessing to all of us viewers and fans.
Thank you for sharing a part of yourself and creating positive, useful and quality content. It’s nice to see all your hard work get recognized; you deserve every view, like and comment.
Please keep ‘em coming! I always get so excited when I get a notification from your channel!
Donate it to a charity that gives used cars like this to people who really need a car badly + deduct the donation from your taxes. Or option 2 sell it and give your neighbor a cut to help offset what he had to pay the previous mechanic for nothing. After all he did give you the car for free. Option 3 sell it, keep all the money and get yourself some hookers and blow.
Well, we have a 1995 Corolla (4 cyl/4AFE) that ran fine one day and wouldn't start the next. Car has been down for 6 months. Crank/no start. My wife and I are seniors on a fixed income so we can't afford to take our car to a mechanic shop so we need to fix it ourselves. Removed the air intake & didn't see any problem. Sprayed starter fluid up the intake, didn't even try to catch/start. Checked all the fuses and relays-all OK. I checked the compression before and it was pretty low on all 4 cylinders but in doing some online research on this car, I found out if the timing is off then the compression will be off. I have some medical issues lately and can't do much so I have hired a couple of craigslist mobile mechanics. Waste of money. Told the 1st guy about the compression & he said it was timing, so he changed the timing belt & water pump. Still crank-no start. Saved up & got another mobile mechanic & he said the trouble is the distributor but the car has spark at all 4 plugs?? The mobile mechanic then said it was a weak spark?? Never hear of that. I believe on this car there isn't an external crank position sensor. Your video has given me some hope but I think we've looked at everything shown in this video. Is there anything else??
well done fixing the beauty car! and great guide way to find the main problem from 5 key parts in order for the engine to stay running.
What i'm not surprise is why the local mechanic his car been taken to didn't do the same step to find the cause and got the owner to pay them parts to fix it.... i would ask the mechanic what did he do to find the problem and why he charged the owner for unnecessary part to replace if he didn't fully find the cause??
I'm curious what your neighbor react when you drove to his place and what he planned to do his beloved Honda? again big well done
as a mobile mechanic my self in the uk, a very good and well explained video .which would help the diy people .as you mentioned it would be best to change the cam belt . that did not look all that old any way.but it would have damaged the teeth of the belt. your neighbor needs to change his mechanic or give his car to you to maintain . well done .
Would bad timing cause the car to have long starts but then run perfectly? Or do I have some other problem? Ive been dealing with this for over a year, took to 3 mechanics, all shrugging shoulders. But basically its a 2 to 3 cranks to start, if I pump the gas then starts first try, and then once on runs like a dream. Is it fuel pump? But then how does it run perfectly once started? :(
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