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How to Fix a FREE CAR that Cranks but Won't Start

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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. Tools and Products I used: Battery Charger: https://amzn.to/2pEs8ft Spray Fogging Oil: https://amzn.to/2pGSkpL Mechanic's Stethoscope: https://amzn.to/2C0ugW4 Spark Tester: https://amzn.to/2y4k0t8 Good Compression Tester: https://amzn.to/2Rw2c2c → Become a ChrisFix Subscriber: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=paintballoo7 → Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrisfixit → Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chrisfix8 → Website: http://www.ChrisFixed.com → My Channel Home Page: https://www.youtube.com/ChrisFix **If the video was helpful, remember to give it a "thumbs up" and consider subscribing. New videos every Week** Disclaimer: Due to factors beyond the control of ChrisFix, I cannot guarantee against improper use or unauthorized modifications of this information. ChrisFix assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. Use this information at your own risk. ChrisFix recommends safe practices when working on vehicles and or with tools seen or implied in this video. Due to factors beyond the control of ChrisFix, no information contained in this video shall create any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. Any injury, damage, or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or from the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not ChrisFix.
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James Stinson (1 month ago)
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.
ASIS RANJAN BEHERA (1 day ago)
Never got bored watching your videos. Keep it up.😀😀😀😀
307Gareth (2 days ago)
+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
•EerfevoL • (5 days ago)
WHERE IS OUR VIDEO
KOK YENG (6 days ago)
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James Stinson (10 days ago)
Now she runs new after adding the maf sensor all lights are off no service traction and esc. I guess they was part of the maf sensor in a way
Joaquin Ponte (2 hours ago)
Thank you so much for this video, now I understand how an engine works!!!
why i am watching this.? i don't even have a car. also, i have no idea about cars.. lol.. it's just satisfying
fluxoff (4 hours ago)
Thanks for the refresher of the 5 key things an engine needs. Did you ever go back and clean up that sludge under the valve cover?
B HM (6 hours ago)
There is nothing like the sound of a late 80s - 90s Honda engine starting.
BSC (6 hours ago)
Its a Honda...am I the only one who would have looked at a busted timing belt from the way the car quit running in the first place?--Hondas' are FAMOUS for this
Bim Bims (7 hours ago)
klo di starlet, cek aki, cek kabel busi, cek busi, cek saklar dari busi, cek kabel tekanan angin dari mesin. udah gitu aja wkwkwk nyala lagi
randy eastman (9 hours ago)
your number 1 thing chris fuel , gas goes bad in a year so new fuel in the tank
NNS Toby (9 hours ago)
hopefully i can get my mini cooper started i got her from the auction i wanna learn to ride stick (:
RLS0812 (9 hours ago)
Spark plugs are never that easy to get to !
Daniel Clement (10 hours ago)
This was way more fun to watch than I'd ever expected!
MoparOrNoCar6.2 (11 hours ago)
I bet that was a lot of fun
Yawei Tong (12 hours ago)
We want to see your neighbor's smile too!!!
Mohamad Alzoubi (13 hours ago)
Awesome
dany080 (14 hours ago)
Love the vids, short and clear! Keep it up man, you deserve all the views and more!
MAYHEM MEDIA (15 hours ago)
Just wanted to say thanks for all the great videos! You are an incredibly positive and helpful guy!' You're videos are my go to when I'm not sure about performing a repair on my own car. Thanks
rawux1228 (16 hours ago)
Don't you damage your valves when timing pulleys is not aligned?
Bodragon (16 hours ago)
Honestly ! Your neighbour's mechanic should be *_FIRED !_*
OAK (19 hours ago)
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!
Zamfir Mihai (20 hours ago)
What cause the unalignment ??
mathue taxion (20 hours ago)
Nice diagnostic work :)
tigershifter (20 hours ago)
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 1: compression 2: fuel ( that includes air) since there is 14:1 air:fuel ratio. 3: spark 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.
Jeb Sails (22 hours ago)
A real mechanic would have done what you did. Your neighbors mechanic was a replacement monkey. Their population has exploded in resent years. 41.5n 71.3w
Jemini Blactindo (22 hours ago)
be watching since 4k subs lol
Rick Noyb (23 hours ago)
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.
the nun (23 hours ago)
Now its working can i have my car back
Riseagain16 (1 day ago)
Suck squeeze bang blow, That"s the air force motto xD
Jezreel Gonzales (1 day ago)
I hope this will help me start the 1994 Mitsubishi Galant VT4 V6 engine that is sitting in my garage for 2 years now like always, thumbs up for your video, it really helps here in the garage
lester diones (1 day ago)
i wish my neighbor is chrisfix
Tong Cy (1 day ago)
Chrisfix, your video helped most of us.
shawn kelly (1 day ago)
dude awesome video 👏👏👏
_v.ha (1 day ago)
oof that mechanic should head back to trade school for a quick refresher.
Cyber Stein (1 day ago)
So basically he got rid of a perfectly good running car because his crappy mechanic did not go through the steps that you did. Lovely.
RAP Beats (4 hours ago)
+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.
Cyber Stein (4 hours ago)
+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.
RAP Beats (4 hours ago)
+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.
Cyber Stein (5 hours ago)
+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?
RAP Beats (5 hours ago)
No, he got rid of a piece of shit that didnt run that still needs a timing belt and also is one piece of sludge blocking a oil port from wiping out cam lobes.
Japan Kofun 古墳 (1 day ago)
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.
sealand000 (1 day ago)
Any engine would get cranky after sitting for four years.
d k (1 day ago)
What caused the timing to go off/bad?
Your neighbor went to another mechanic instead of you!? Oh man, I wish to have a mechanic like you close by.
Ghaith Alkhashan (1 day ago)
Yeah or just give it to you neighbor
Trae Ballard (1 day ago)
I couldn't find any fogging oil. Could i use seafoam instead.?
Doug Williams (1 day ago)
Youre good
Ilgar Sadigov (1 day ago)
Can you make a video on how to clean gummed up engine like in this video?
MotorsportsX (1 day ago)
lucky it wasnt an interference motor.
MotorsportsX (1 day ago)
your neighbor needs to find a better mechanic
alextheromanian (1 day ago)
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.
Vivbez (1 day ago)
That or the gas peddle positioning sensor
77psyco77 (1 day ago)
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
Henry Fresquez (1 day ago)
You always have great videos! I learned so much from you thanks.
ChrisFix (1 day ago)
Thanks!
MechaniCrew (1 day ago)
Make video of cleaning the engine inside
Damon Vavrick (1 day ago)
What’s been done since Chris? I have the same car
Marcus Fant (1 day ago)
Had to subscribe! The work you do and share is amazing and empowering. Keep up the good work!!!
Lost Aim (1 day ago)
just wow no words.
fallenangel006 (1 day ago)
Well done, sir!
Akhil S Kumar (1 day ago)
Mr ChrisFix, you are a legend. I love you
G Swaggy (1 day ago)
I think ill have you fix my car next time and won't take it to a regular mechanic
Em Ma (1 day ago)
cranks but won’t start normally means fuel pump.
- MrRIchBiker (1 day ago)
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.
- MrRIchBiker (1 day ago)
OMG...Chris ,that has to be the easiest spark plugs change job EVER.! wish that was my car ( after you get in running that is)
rick ai (1 day ago)
I’m going to school to be a mechanic right now and I find this videos very helpful because they are very detailed. Thnks for the videos, ChrisFix.
Kristjan (1 day ago)
Why I can smell gasoline and car smell from here?
Ahmad Abotaiban (1 day ago)
You're great
Mikej1592 (1 day ago)
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.
World Traveller (1 day ago)
Just one word - AWESOME!!
Robert Worsena (2 days ago)
Great job, I never seen a better instruction on engine trouble shooting. Learned a lot from this video. Thank you. Robert Delray Bch Fl.
Denise Iribe (2 days ago)
What did your neighbor say when you told him? 😅😅
TheChaos98 (2 days ago)
Awesome video
kasan t (2 days ago)
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.
bob martinez (2 days ago)
thank you for this video,I don't know much about working on cars but this video inspired me so now I want to go mess with my car right now.....
valensio samuel gamer (2 days ago)
I like your video. You so good ad car 😉
In Srs (2 days ago)
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!
Rick Feeney (2 days ago)
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!
ChrisFix (2 days ago)
Thanks a lot Rick!
PetrolHead Brasil (2 days ago)
This Civic is in an excellent shape!!!! My mom drives one, much WORSE than this one.... Nice video!!!!
thatguy ethan (2 days ago)
If Chris opened his own mechanic shop he would make loads of money
Tiberian Fiend (1 day ago)
There's a huge difference between monkeying on your own cars and running a business with civil liability for other people's property.
TheGoldenSaber (2 days ago)
He already does since we watch his videos. He doesn't need to melt under a car in a garage.
Carl Vandenberg (2 days ago)
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.
Dammit man! I wish I came across your video when I had both of my 1992 & 1999 Saturn SL1.
Jim Carey (2 days ago)
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??
307Gareth (2 days ago)
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
Золотые руки но. Респект :))
Mcdonagh Mcdonagh (2 days ago)
Hey Chris i have an electric skoda fabia could you help with some advice
Tanimoto Kenichi (2 days ago)
Do you think he replaced the gas at the beginning?
Adi Čehić (2 days ago)
With a nice pack of tools, everyone can be a solid mechanic using your videos to fix cars. You are one of theese good guys, aren`t you? (bro fist) :D
Kim Bird (2 days ago)
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 .
Robin (2 days ago)
What was the neighbors reaction?
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Elisha Barlowe (2 days ago)
just bought a 98 milano red honda civic ex coupe with the same problem and thanks to you it runs flawlessly now! thank you so much!!!
thechudoviste (2 days ago)
This is one great and educational video.Thank you
u wot (2 days ago)
you should show us a method or 2 to clean the sludge ;) *hint* good shit ay
Brett Terrien (2 days ago)
I got a sport car with over 300 hp
Tiago Oitaven (2 days ago)
You are amaizing!!! Very nice video mate, many many thanks!
Blurry James (2 days ago)
our relationship is like an engine, if it doesn't have a spark, it won't work
Irfan domun (2 days ago)
waiting for next video impatiently must post more regularly👀
Sander Prins (3 days ago)
Where is the mustang i miss it
Andrei Passioukov (3 days ago)
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? :(
hawkz25 (3 days ago)
That was a thrilling video, had me captivated until the end! bravo :)
Peto Neib (3 days ago)
Suck Squeeze Bang Blow
Albert KCC (3 days ago)
Great!!!
mariosassaz the jojo (3 days ago)
A custom steering wheel would be so cool on your mustang
Tiger He (3 days ago)
Where did u learn all these stuff from?!?!?
Joseph Harief (3 days ago)
hey Chris what are you going to do with this car? next project??
Ian Johnson (3 days ago)
I was wanting to take a look at buying some merch, but I see your stock is completely sold out. Do you know when you will have more?
藤田航一 (3 days ago)
I love your video about how to fix cars cuz you always think about amateurs who try to fix cars like showing the staff we need and simple steps we can memorize easily even for foreigners like me

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