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QUESTION: My car had a little miss to it so I thought it needed a tune up. I replaced the spark plugs and wires and it helped it but still has a miss. I drove the car for a while and got it back in my drive way and my daughter opened the door while the car was still running from the outside and I killed the car and now it will not start or spin over or crank at all. What do you think would cause this? Ibo

ANSWER: Hi Dan -

When it was running did you notice if the check engine light was on?


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QUESTION: Yes the check engine was on and I took it to get the code read and it would just come up as a random misfire. I've tried so many things and I just can't figure out why it's not cranking back up. The guy that I bought the car from told me that he just replaced the starter on it a few months ago so do you think that could be the problem?

Hi Dan -

That could definitely be a possibility. These are the reasons why a car will not start, judging from what you say that there is no sound when you turn the key:

Dead Battery
Bad connections to the battery including terminals
Starter inoperative
Ignition switch burned out (this is at the steering column)
Blown fusible link (near battery)

Hope this helps -
Wish I had the car here so i could look at it -


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Calvin Iwashita


All general car repairs for all models of vehicles, except technicals (overhauls) on A/C systems and transmissions.


16 years as a car mechanic from 1974 to 1990, and still repair cars on the side.


High School and college graduate

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