Why does my carbureted engine turn but won’t start?

When I insert my key into the ignition the carbureted engine in my car will turn but then it won’t start my car. Why does my carbureted engine turn but not start?

Talullah Blanco · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If your carbureted engine turns or cranks but won’t start, there’s not enough fuel or spark. Here’s what could be causing your engine to crank:
  • Bad crankshaft position sensor
  • Clogged fuel injectors
  • Failing fuel pump
  • Faulty spark plugs
  • Low compression
You’ll need to tow your car to a mechanic to have your engine inspected and have the component that’s causing the problem repaired or replaced. If you’re worried about being stuck with a hefty mechanic bill, you can save money by price comparison shopping for
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