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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 (3 months 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.
Pankwan Khurdumrung (12 hours ago)
James Stinso
82NeXus (2 days ago)
+Ramon Romo Thanks, I wondered what the term was for that.
Wayne Johnson (4 days ago)
You know the Georgia bulldog is going to bite
Know Your Place (5 days ago)
+Hilario Rodriguez hell no unless you got another 2 or 3 grand to fix shit going out. Those cars aren't as bulletproof as some would say and to top it off their not a car brand thats supported much by aftermarket car parts companies so alot of trips to the dealership for certain parts for those cars means expensive to repair....
I’m getting one for 800 lol
Craig Hutchinson (2 hours ago)
Help please:) Hi Chris. Just found your YouTube site. Thank you for awesome content Question but first I have had horrible experience with Buick rendezvous 2003. So many repairs 6k worth in past 3 years. Heads re-done and other repairs My current problem crank seems good but no start. Took it in they replaced foil filter fuel pump I got it back running rough but running 4 days later same symptoms no start but cranks. Boss said maybe bad battery. Tried a jump start - no luck. Back at shop and I'm so worried I'll have similar experience as the neighbor of yours. New parts mechanic repair bills but a faulty running car. I owe my boss money for last fix 5 days ago. I assume I can eliminate alternator battery and starter, timing - belt/chain? Can I illuminate any other things from my quick description. Like ecm (I think that's computer - pcm/ecm) sparkplug and coil? Any help so appriciate. Any linked video aswell greatly appriciated Big o tire repair shop. If not a fuel issue (ie under repair warranty) they worked on should I take it to a mechanic that specializes in engine repairs or have a tire/other-stuff repair it.
Adrian Jeffery (4 hours ago)
You just can’t beat a bush mechanic !!
Senan Fouad (7 hours ago)
HELP PLEASE ................ Hi. I have this crank but not start problem with my motorcycle. It starts up if I push it on 2nd gear and let go the clutch. . Checked everything except timing and compression... what do you think it could be sir.?????? Yamaha r1 2012 THANKS
cecilyt006 (10 hours ago)
My car wasn't free; will this work for me?!
ChrisFix (9 hours ago)
doubt it
Paul Pham (11 hours ago)
Very educational and by far the best explanation of any car start issue on the web. Awesomely done! Thank you and please keep up the great work.
Mike Castillio (13 hours ago)
You should use this car to try different oil additives to clean out the gunk, I recommend trying the seafoam oil additive to see how much of the gunk it will remove.
CAMPER PRO (14 hours ago)
You're his neighbor yet he went to the shop lol.
LeoStar (14 hours ago)
How long has this been sitting in my recommended?
Silas ofNj (15 hours ago)
THANK you. Great vid.
José Explosion (15 hours ago)
I don't even own a car. Cool video.
Max Czapski (12 hours ago)
Who the hell dislikes these videos? Chris has the absolute best car fixing tutorials: always correct and informed, those amazingly clear explanations (the dude has a natural talent for teaching) and, on top of that, his videos are always interesting, well-paced, energetic and - I dare say - somewhat uplifting.
moxy82 (20 hours ago)
This makes me question a lot of things mechanics say =\
Minju Lee (20 hours ago)
Can you donate one of those cars to this poor college student?
Nikau Kennedy (22 hours ago)
It sounds really really confusing but for some reason I understand it
Nick Uj (1 day ago)
Wow! Great video! Thanks for information.
Nick Uj (23 hours ago)
I Love dealing with Real Honest Mechanics! You must be A Great Neighbor! Much success always!
Jeff Henning (1 day ago)
New high octane in the gas tank is a smart idea too
secret222 (1 day ago)
Accessorie mode
Robert Rosenberger (1 day ago)
i would take a 6 pack of bud light from the neighbor and give it back to him tbh
The Open Door (1 day ago)
Great video my friend! Is she still running?
Mike (1 day ago)
when you take you car to a car mechanic its takes 2munth but here maybey 1 too 2 hours xD
Brice Terronez (1 day ago)
Hey Chris, just curious: where did you learn your knowledge of car mechanics?
Luis Sonoma (1 day ago)
Off topic question, I seen that you used the fogging oil to lube up piston which is good. But do you think it would have been better to change the oil first since it sat for 4 years or did you not do that because you wanted to make sure it was fixable before investing the oil and filter into it? Do you think there's any harm in starting a vehicle with old oil and what did you do to remove all that gunk and sludge out?
Victor (1 day ago)
Eu ficaria muito feliz se meu vizinho me desse um civic desse
Stephen Willis (1 day ago)
good video
Faith Chase (1 day ago)
Awesome job bro well done!!! :-) <3
Elfuelte (1 day ago)
Chis fix can fix everything in the world
Dennis Møller (1 day ago)
awesome... just awesome.
ALi Pepoviq (1 day ago)
My Subaru Outback H6 2001 had a similar issue. Changed the fuel pump and fuel filter along with injectors . As well some of the lines which were old. Car has 230k runs with no issues after that fix. Preventative maintenance is key to longevity of the life towards the engine.
bluebird510 (1 day ago)
Would you be able to also make a video like this for a diesel? Preferably an older turbo-diesel.
JAXMAX02 (1 day ago)
Me and my dad got a 2.0 abf engine from a 1999 seat ibiza. The car had been sitting close to 3 years and when we put a new battery to it, it started up and idled like a dream. So we bought the car for the engine and later on when we were removing it to put it in our 1991 mk2 golf (check channel) we found that it had started with a cracked manifold, no air flow sensor and was being held in place by a block of wood. With all these problems it still idled better than our golf. We still haven't put it in but we are in the middle of a full rebuild and the magic bhp is 200 (small story I thought I would tell since this reminded me of it)
S Black (1 day ago)
love the enthusiasm for fixing stuff!!! Great Video!!!
Vinnay (1 day ago)
ima guess spark plugs... compression... fuel pump....battery... shit its one of thems haha crazy was gunna say timing but on my 94 celica any probs with the belt and the car just shutdown.. nice video tho i do not miss working on my car.
Lydia Bouza (1 day ago)
This helped I wasn't thinking timing belt . iwas thinking starter solenoid. Do you have a tutorial for a 2006 Pacifica? It was sitting.i started it up there was a pop but it ran( let run for 10 min) then I went back 7days to start it up again and getting nail in blender sound but not catching. Any thoughts?
Damon Cross (1 day ago)
Excellent subbed and belled.
Farooqali Khan (1 day ago)
Hi Chris.what it's mean when car release's blue smoke?
Jason H (1 day ago)
This was a very helpful and informative video, thank you.
omfgwtfbbq90 (1 day ago)
How dumb are those so called mechanics?
Nemanja Baša (1 day ago)
Prob. a piston return springs.... xDDD
Sebbuz11 (1 day ago)
One of the best videos I've seen on car repairs. Thumbs up!
Howie Ewalt (1 day ago)
Hes gonna sell that to a 16 yr old who's gonna slap a wing and $20 rims on it and call it his "racecar". Domt forget the extra few horsies from the sickers. May cut the coils to slam it down. Gotta have it dirt nasty low.
hi chris can ask a question.. what is the reason that my left front wheel is vubrating o wiggle.. only left side.. its rack end or tie rod?
matthew simmons (2 days ago)
Im going to try all of these tomorrow. My girlfriend and I just bought a 99 mustang and it cranks but wont start. Havent been able to do much with it yet but tomorrow ill hopefully get it started. Great video! Thanks for all the help!
J R (2 days ago)
Just wow. How do you fix an engine that stutters? (misfire)
A Axen (2 days ago)
Excellent video, ChrisFix. Good pace, clear explanations. Thank you!
BearEight Track (2 days ago)
Hi man. Another really gr8 video. You help many times bro. I really thank you, so if I can help you maybe with some kind of graphic or video just send me a message to IG: @beareight_track or on FB: BearEight Track I am a graphic designer (with passion for cars)
Ihor Bodnarchuk (2 days ago)
THIS. IS. GREAT!!!
Ki777UMiNATii (2 days ago)
That spark light is dope
Paul Alvarado (2 days ago)
Hey Chris I have a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer gts 2.4l. I live in nyc. Long story short, one day I wake up 4am it’s freezing out I go to start my car and it cranks but no start and no codes. Took it to a mechanic and he can’t figure it out. Got the fuel pump replaced, crankshaft position sensor, ignition coil packs, coolant sensor and the battery. Still not working when it’s cold. But it will start up when it’s 30 degrees. If you have any idea plz lmk. Or need more info I can provide a answer about the car.
Jake Ells (2 days ago)
"I can't wait to rub it in my neighbors face he's gonna be so pissed!" Lol
eodninja6 (2 days ago)
with the timing that far off, it would effect the compression. i bet you get 200psi now
Eagle Eye Lawrence (2 days ago)
Good video but staged. That's a new Belt.
Thorin Connors (2 days ago)
I am 2 mins I to the video, your a fuckin beast man! Very helpful vid even if I cant get my car started xD
Sarlac (2 days ago)
This was amazing, great work and great explanation of your work.
Zero Cool (2 days ago)
Not all ways the fuel pump.Their could be ton's of junk blocking a fuel filter.Or their could be water in the tank.
Yoris Fresh (2 days ago)
Hello, my Citroen had a hard time starting and then it started and after driving for a couple hundred meters, the engine shut off and it cranks but won't start. The local mechanic says fixing it would be very expensive, and offers me to throw it out. I suspect it might be a timing belt. When trying to start, I see very little white smoke coming from the exhaust pipe , and it makes a specific rhytmic sound like one louder and then 4 softer tries and then one harder again. Should I try checking the timing belt or throw it out?
Pavle Stojanovic (3 days ago)
Well, VTEC didn't kick in.
BlackAureole (3 days ago)
Hey Chris! Did you do a video for cleaning up all the gunk from the valvehead? I tried searching but no luck!
Pirate_soldier (3 days ago)
👍👍👍
supa6692 (3 days ago)
Great content bro keep up the great work
MrPavlo25 (3 days ago)
I used to have a 98 civic hatchback. was a very reliable car, and i was going to be surprised if by the end of this video the red civic wasn't going to start! well done!
Dan Elmer (3 days ago)
Amazing.good job and good info!
James J (3 days ago)
Very informative video. Thanks Chris. All those thumb downs, must be from mechanics that are mad because you are showing people the ease at which a problem with a modern engine can be diagnosed a majority of the time. FYI to people, change your oil and use synthetic if you can afford it. I just sold my 2004 Camry with 385,000 miles on it. It still ran great, and no sludge (used Mobile 1 since it was new).
Barry Turner (3 days ago)
Awesome video mate, basic mechanics instruction but still awesome.
zK1LL3RModz (3 days ago)
The Honda is Lucky To Have You As owner!:) Your The Best Mechanic In The World!😊
Neji Jedda (3 days ago)
Very impressive Chris!
Mario I/O (3 days ago)
I felt so happy :)
Tomáš Swól (3 days ago)
This is high quality 16 minutes of content, thank you
Josip Grubisic (3 days ago)
You can’t have good compression when timing is not right.
ChrisFix (3 days ago)
If timing if off 180* or close to it, you can...
Thomas Mussmann (3 days ago)
I dont think it would be a good idea but just to check can I check it in a random order or just backwards
Marcos formento (3 days ago)
Best mecanic video I have seen , a lot of good info here .
DeusExAstra (4 days ago)
So basically the mechanic just started changing random stuff with the hopes that eventually whatever was broken would be gone? That's just sad. Step 1 to fixing a problem: Find the problem.
Joseph Platas (4 days ago)
Talk about a coincidence, just today my 2003 Honda Civic wouldn’t start and kept cranking for a bit. Thank you YouTube suggestions!
Harryson Bilgera (4 days ago)
Such a good video! I always learn new things from this channel
gutiersa (4 days ago)
Beautiful!
SpearsTVHD (4 days ago)
5:20 that’s what she said lol 😂
Survival First (4 days ago)
One other thing to check is the ignition timing.
MR V (4 days ago)
Amazing
Bobby Boccalino (4 days ago)
good job!
Bajrazenko (4 days ago)
new 1998
Rivandy Indra (4 days ago)
Hi Chris, if my car has very bad compression, what should I do? thank you!
DEBT FREE! (4 days ago)
Awesome!!
Blaze Gamer (4 days ago)
like if chris fix is one of the best mechanical engineers out there ! :)
John Kashka (4 days ago)
love that feeling!!
Hayder Joker (4 days ago)
Percent chris
Marc Ryan (4 days ago)
I just don't understand why this video has too many thumbs down!
Adam Dailey (4 days ago)
I just got a 93 camry under similar circumstances. Went through the same stuff, but still watched the video from start to finish. By the way, I replaced the fuel pump before finding the snapped timing belt (you don't always hear the hum! wish I had cracked the fuel line loose like in the vid) My best free car ever!! Anyway, great video.
Dave Blane (4 days ago)
OK take this video when you SUE the incompetent effing "mechanic" for fraud -- and get your money back.
denzelx (4 days ago)
Why are the valves not fucked? Usually a bad timing smacks them?
Nikkizzz (4 days ago)
Jeesus Christ, never let your neighbour use same mechanic ever again.
Doug Quaale (4 days ago)
Nicely done.
Paw Paw (4 days ago)
Your friends mechanic was a hack!
Ryan Jolley (4 days ago)
Friggin Awesome, Nice Job Chris!!!
Allan Rasmussen (4 days ago)
You should start with plugs, then compression, then timing, then ignition, then fuel so you don't have to take the plugs out twice. Nice work though.
ae70gts (4 days ago)
id sell the car and id give the neighbour 35% of the money gain respect for your move and customers from you neighbour
ae70gts (4 days ago)
belt seems brand new.... soooo... mechanic did a shitttttttttyyyyy job..... replacing it.... its amazing how pros do mistakes like that and run their own garage!!!!
Liberty Patriot (4 days ago)
Nice and logical sequence of elimintation and finding the problem, the neighbor is going to be pissed at the simple low cost fix!
Ron Angel (4 days ago)
Very interesting video learned some thing there! Unbelivable garage he took it to,I would not have paid them for any parts I did not use if car still not running,and asked for a price to fix before going ahead. People that do not understand about cars should always belong to roadside repair motoring organisation then they wil know exactly what the fault is before it is towed and ask for price to fix that fault before car touched by garage.
Yan Naing (4 days ago)
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Mehdi Rahan (4 days ago)
This is why ChrisFix is a boss!

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