A car that turns over but won’t start can be a real headache and leave you searching for a solution. With most vehicles, there is a specific testing algorithm that you can follow to diagnose the cause of an engine that turns over but won’t start. Here’s what you need to do to find out the cause of your problem, and get your car back on the road.

Step 1

Make sure that you have enough gas in your car. This sounds like common sense but many people don’t think to check this before wondering why their car won’t start. Try to refill your tank when it is no less than one quarter full, or you risk getting stalled or stuck somewhere.

Step 2

Verify that the battery has a full charge. A battery with a low or partial charge can cause the engine to crank too slow preventing it from starting. Sometimes a jump will fix this problem, but if your battery is more than five years old you should consider replacing it, especially if winter is only a few months away.