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

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:
Spray Fogging Oil:
Mechanic's Stethoscope:
Spark Tester:
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  1. Willy

    Willy29 minuuttia sitten


  2. F4RD4D0 PFAL762

    F4RD4D0 PFAL7628 tuntia sitten

    Neighbor's paid professial Mechanic: Cant fix the car and makes the owner buy whole new and costly part that dosent even solve It. Chris: Casualy tightens some screws and a belt and fix the car, sitting for 4 entire fucking years.

  3. Husful

    Husful13 tuntia sitten

    The part about compression had me dying, the way he said he didn’t want compression, you know it’s bad when ChrisFix is worried.

  4. Ruby Cruz

    Ruby Cruz15 tuntia sitten


  5. A bra

    A bra16 tuntia sitten

    What do I do if my car isn’t free?

  6. Humbug

    Humbug17 tuntia sitten

    Before you do all this work, try your spare key. Last month my car would crank but not start. I paid a garage £260 for two replaced parts, still didn’t start. The problem was the immobiliser transponder chip in the key. It had failed so the immobiliser refused to start the engine. I never knew about this until last month. Live and learn

  7. Taylor Lawson Shaw

    Taylor Lawson Shaw17 tuntia sitten

    Let me get this strait: the car just shut off while driving and did not starting again, and the reason for this was that the timing belt skipped multiple teeth. How did this not bend some valves? I'm pretty sure that engine is an interference engine.

  8. Swing Daddy212

    Swing Daddy21219 tuntia sitten

    Some mechanic huh? how could this have been overlooked. fool needs to go back to school and you should be your neighbors new mechanic...

  9. Frantz Fontilus

    Frantz Fontilus20 tuntia sitten

    U should open a mechanic trade school. I would come.

  10. GRIM Mako

    GRIM Mako20 tuntia sitten

    so satisfying

  11. Radblue Panda

    Radblue Panda22 tuntia sitten

    Next episode idea How to k20 swap your car

  12. C- Major

    C- Major22 tuntia sitten

    You are the best.

  13. Dragonfire Productions

    Dragonfire ProductionsPäivä sitten

    I heard the start and hear she's trying. I haven't seen the middle of the video and I bet my life savings it's a timing belt issue, hondas are NOTORIOUS for timing issues It will show up sometimes on the CAN bus with an OBD II. I had a 2000 civic with the same issue, it wasn't obvious until I did an overhaul and saw the timing waay off because the belts were soo worn out it popped out of the pulley

  14. Thomas Lynch

    Thomas LynchPäivä sitten

    I wish I could have seen your neighbor's reaction when he saw you fix it in literally 15 minutes

  15. Reed Foley

    Reed FoleyPäivä sitten

    ZThat is what I call a systematic approach to diagnostics .Great video and I might add the thrill of going from dead to running never gets old Thumbs up!

  16. abbyboyone

    abbyboyonePäivä sitten

    this video is one of the greatest videos i've ever seen. this video is worth 100 dollars just to view it. i also now realize that 99% of mechanics don't have the slightest clue of what may cause an engine not to start. this guy explains his steps very clearly and very logically. great video!

  17. VICTOR Rippe

    VICTOR RippePäivä sitten

    I installed a cobra cluster on my GT and the car says theft and I can’t start it. Any help of what to do?

  18. Sebi CODM

    Sebi CODMPäivä sitten

    Could you make a tutorial video on how to install your timing belt cover? There’s literally no video out there that teaches you how...

  19. Awashi

    AwashiPäivä sitten

    Did i just spent 16 minutes of my life watching a man repair a car? yes and ill do it again

  20. Keanu Williams

    Keanu WilliamsPäivä sitten

    this show you that any car can run, you just got to do it yourself.

  21. Hugo Salcedo

    Hugo SalcedoPäivä sitten

    Man, your videos are awesome and very useful !

  22. Diego Suarez

    Diego SuarezPäivä sitten

    magic !! you´re a Fu.... genious !!

  23. AdonisGaming93

    AdonisGaming93Päivä sitten

    and this is why I don't trust anyone with my S2000.....they'll tell me 5 things are wrong when it was just an old timing chain tensioner.

  24. Drew Mares

    Drew MaresPäivä sitten

    There was something so wholesome about how excited you got fixing that car!! I couldn't help but smile at that

  25. Dimo Jing

    Dimo JingPäivä sitten

    ill bring my car to him anyday

  26. Dimo Jing

    Dimo JingPäivä sitten

    can i get that car lmaoa

  27. Nothing IsReal

    Nothing IsRealPäivä sitten

    Someone tried to fix something and reassembled that badly - I guess. Maybe the mechanic that replaced the distributor. You can see how much a systematic and skilled approach helps. No magic - just simple logic.

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  29. Jade Gamilla

    Jade Gamilla2 päivää sitten

    I had issues like this on our car, but days later someone fixed it and also the radio that is not working

  30. Juan Hernandez

    Juan Hernandez2 päivää sitten

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  31. Prince Marly

    Prince Marly2 päivää sitten


  32. Adeola Adeyinka

    Adeola Adeyinka2 päivää sitten

    What about a car that doesn't crank at all?

  33. Jayden Suh

    Jayden Suh2 päivää sitten

    Imagine living next to this guy if ur car breaks down just take it to him and 5 minutes later all done ✅

  34. wael kh

    wael kh2 päivää sitten

    Thanks for the information btw

  35. wael kh

    wael kh2 päivää sitten

    Free car xD

  36. Zeus

    Zeus2 päivää sitten

    hmmm car bomb in honda civic i must plant

  37. xHouston Kingx

    xHouston Kingx2 päivää sitten

    Anyone have a car there thinking about selling to a scrap yard. Consider selling it to me.

  38. Kidd Chang

    Kidd Chang2 päivää sitten

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  39. slitor

    slitor2 päivää sitten

    Heh, Isn't it typical. My mum had a BMW 1 series which was about 8-9 years old. It had missfires then stopped working all together. She sent it to the mechanics(a franchise one, but what isn't these days), and they couldn't figure it out without new parts or something like that. Anyway instead of pouring more money into it she sold it to a colleague of hers for what must have been way under 1/10 of its bluebook or parts alone. So she teaches Economics/Organisation at a maratime technical college, so her co-workers are ex-engineers and machinists. She sold it for what is about 800 USD, he fixed it for 80 USD.

  40. 2Hearts3

    2Hearts33 päivää sitten

    Oh, man-- you are good! Great information and presentation. 'wish you could get my Astro van going-- it cranks and grinds, but wont start. I dread what they're going to tell me at the shop...

  41. james murphy

    james murphy3 päivää sitten

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  42. N-JOI

    N-JOI3 päivää sitten

    the satisfaction lol

  43. Varr James

    Varr James3 päivää sitten

    As a non mechanic there's nothing more satisfying as fixing a car yourself. It might take a bit of time and patience but it is truly rewarding for the wallet! This guy's videos shows exactly that.

  44. Zac Norman

    Zac Norman3 päivää sitten

    Do you have a video about how to clean up that sludge in the engine

  45. William Kreth

    William Kreth3 päivää sitten

    Wow that motor is really dirty lol

  46. Daniel lynch

    Daniel lynch3 päivää sitten

    Ask your neighbor what mechanic He took that car to then start driving it in front of the mechanic

  47. CimbaMuzics

    CimbaMuzics3 päivää sitten

    Oh boi.. Noone: ... FItitle translating the title into german: "How to repair a free car that PLAYS THE CHURCH ORGAN but doesn't start!" Ah yes..

  48. FuckEbonics

    FuckEbonics4 päivää sitten

    How can a car start with 4 year old gas? Every video on the planet says gas that's 6 months old or older will sludge up everything and cause the car to not fire up. Then you come along with 4 year old gas and it starts up no problem???

  49. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix4 päivää sitten

    I pumped out the old gas and put some fresh gas in! I showed doing that in my "How to Start a Car That's Been Sitting for Years" video, check it out:

  50. Hamza Faraz

    Hamza Faraz4 päivää sitten

    Mommy the weired man is talking to his car again

  51. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix4 päivää sitten


  52. MIDMAS

    MIDMAS4 päivää sitten


  53. RRareGaming

    RRareGaming4 päivää sitten

    wow. just wow. I subscribed

  54. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix3 päivää sitten

    Welcome aboard!

  55. Sulaiman Khan

    Sulaiman Khan4 päivää sitten


  56. Lendl Weslake

    Lendl Weslake4 päivää sitten

    Lucky it's a non interfering engine. 😁

  57. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix3 päivää sitten

    Lucky indeed!

  58. Michael Dumaup

    Michael Dumaup4 päivää sitten

    Chris Fix got big ass hands...looked like just walking up to that engine bay he could probably fit 2 of the cylinders from that 4 banger in the palm of his hand

  59. AUXID3

    AUXID34 päivää sitten

    As a teen with not alot of money, this has opened my horizons on vehicles. Now i'm gonna go look for cars that turn over and don't start and get a good deal on em

  60. AUXID3

    AUXID3Päivä sitten

    @ChrisFix I definitely will, Chris. And if i need any help, i'll be sure to use your videos for reference, or try to ask you for a hand.

  61. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix3 päivää sitten

    Awesome! Let me know what you find!

  62. Yanal Sweidan

    Yanal Sweidan4 päivää sitten

    i fixed about 1b cars!?!??!?!?!?!!??!

  63. Stop. Just stop.

    Stop. Just stop.4 päivää sitten

    Damn. The fact that a mechanic couldn't figure this out and the guy spent thousands trying to fix an easy fix is scary. Thanks for doing what you do. It has already helped me immensely.

  64. Vladislav Popov

    Vladislav Popov4 päivää sitten

    dude big like for this u are betteer then evrry singl mecanik.

  65. Onur Özalp

    Onur Özalp4 päivää sitten

    By the way, how did you learned all these please tell me

  66. Onur Özalp

    Onur Özalp4 päivää sitten

    New subscriber: Check!

  67. EmoryPlayz

    EmoryPlayz4 päivää sitten

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  68. EmoryPlayz

    EmoryPlayz4 päivää sitten

    Sad how just Crappy PEOPLE CAN JUST GET A CAR AND EXPECT IT TO RUN FOR Mostly a there hole like but bam NOPE

  69. Tom Carrow

    Tom Carrow4 päivää sitten

    I know nothing about cars, and this is my dream. I'd love to bring a dead car back to life like this.

  70. Jianbo Xu

    Jianbo Xu5 päivää sitten

    Is the valves bent on this car?

  71. Med Ed

    Med Ed5 päivää sitten

    ого то что проскочил ремень ГРМ это вина механика который не затянул его ! но хорошо что всё обошлось и цилиндры не встретились с клапанами ! стоит кстати проверить нет ли отметин на цилиндрах

  72. Med Ed

    Med Ed5 päivää sitten


  73. Dorngrunder

    Dorngrunder5 päivää sitten

    Awedome video! But, arent there a risk of damaging the cat when you Crank this much and sending unburnt fuel down the exhaust system?

  74. tomjamapz

    tomjamapz5 päivää sitten

    I really want to see your neighbor reaction video

  75. GlitchStudios

    GlitchStudios5 päivää sitten

    Thats cus its a honda😐

  76. Maxime Arseneau

    Maxime Arseneau5 päivää sitten

    Why is the title and description in French??

  77. Plato Elahi

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  78. SFCD

    SFCD5 päivää sitten

    i would have no other mechanic than Chris Fix if he was my least more videos on older normal daily cars

  79. -icantfindaname-

    -icantfindaname-5 päivää sitten

    me who doesnt even own a car: hmmm interesting

  80. MonkeyEveything13

    MonkeyEveything135 päivää sitten

    ChrisFix is such a good mechanic


    CHARLIE DELTA6 päivää sitten

    There wasn’t any animal nest in the air duct, but I saw a beautiful one right by the car on the grass. Did anyone else saw it?

  82. Sachin Bangera

    Sachin Bangera6 päivää sitten


  83. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix5 päivää sitten


  84. Jesus Baruc Ramos Romero

    Jesus Baruc Ramos Romero6 päivää sitten

    This honda was easy to work on now the rest are some tufe puzles

  85. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix5 päivää sitten

    Once you figure out the "puzzle" (how things are laid out and what all parts do as there are always differences car to car) of the car you are working on, it'll be as easy as what you saw!

  86. Ubirter

    Ubirter6 päivää sitten

    👑 🐐


    C-JAY DAWSON6 päivää sitten

    thanks dude I fixed my dad's car.....yeah I he is away and I wanted to surprise him But I think I messed up some stuff in the engine 😕 😅

  88. Glazed Panda

    Glazed Panda6 päivää sitten

    Hey Chris thank you for this video I think I jumped a tooth or 2 my timing belt is semi loose... my idle is jumping and I have no check engine light and the biggest issues... I can't go past 5.5k rmp either in neutral or in gear. I have a 5 speed civic 97 d15b motor yes it was swapped but its the same looking motor as the one you just work on in this video. I'm going to check my timing tomorrow

  89. MyNameIsMidget

    MyNameIsMidget6 päivää sitten

    Chris will legitimately teach me more than any mechanic school (if it existed)

  90. Roger Owens

    Roger Owens6 päivää sitten

    Great breakdown on the video 👍you and I both now that's where you should have started with that vehicle and the amount of mileage

  91. mrlister2000

    mrlister20006 päivää sitten

    I hope the neighbour didn't pay the mechanic who fired the parts cannon at it, did service on it inluding a timing belt and failed miserably to line everything up.

  92. Mykah Shalom

    Mykah Shalom6 päivää sitten

    what i would give to have a neighbour like you! 💕


    JASON KAM6 päivää sitten

    Who gave the license to your neighbour’s mechanic

  94. Levi

    Levi6 päivää sitten

    This is awesome. Your neighbour must have been elated. Good job.

  95. cope garcia

    cope garcia6 päivää sitten

    It is bad, you had to help him and not make him spend on a new car, you are a bad neighbor, but sooner or later karma will catch you.

  96. 7R9R9

    7R9R96 päivää sitten

    I have a 97 EX that looks just like that one except it's a 5 speed with 120k on it. I've had it parked in a garage for like 10 years so maybe this video will encourage me to get it going again to sell it.


    SAMET GÖNÜLEĞLENDİREN6 päivää sitten

    this is awesome bro nice l m from in türkish

  98. Tekniqal2

    Tekniqal26 päivää sitten

    You're a natural born teacher. Your explanations and video editing are top notch. Subscribed and liked!

  99. Emilis Lubas

    Emilis Lubas6 päivää sitten

    Step one: Find a free car

  100. David Byrnes

    David Byrnes6 päivää sitten

    Congrats! free car!

  101. MacDaTru 777

    MacDaTru 7777 päivää sitten

    Why people dislike his videos ? This man is a pure doctor of vehicles. Been watching him since I was in high school. Thanks for this vid bro. 💪🏾

  102. Ossian1091 Super Youtubern

    Ossian1091 Super Youtubern7 päivää sitten

    but the vid is swidich how

  103. Ana

    Ana7 päivää sitten

    7:03 His dog watching: 👁👄👁

  104. Joe Bramblett

    Joe Bramblett7 päivää sitten

    Missed a shot at a Dodge Neon "stuck in second gear" for $500. Couldn't get out there to pick it up. Felt bad for the seller since it had been his first car and his wife was making him get rid of it after it sat in the driveway for a while. Texted and told him to Google "neon shift linkage fix." Next day he texted that was it and he took it for a drive with a couple zip ties holding the shift linkage together while he waited for the $20 full set of new bushings. Don't know if he kept it, but if not I'm sure he was able to get more than $500 for it after that.

  105. Danis beyden

    Danis beyden7 päivää sitten

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  106. Vince V

    Vince V7 päivää sitten

    This is why Chris is such a great FItitler. Most other guys would have just made a video showing us how to fix the timing problem. Chris took the pains of showing us all of the possible problems so that we could learn more. Kudos to you Chris!

  107. Joe Vegas

    Joe Vegas7 päivää sitten

    This was wicked to watch ! 👍. I wish you could diagnose my 2010 Cobalt. I have the intermittent n/c n/s but occasionally smell fuel odour on and off when it does start & it's not leaking from anywhere underneath it ?? Got to start looking at the issue tomorrow when it's warmer outside. You're ace at this stuff. Glad you didn't become a chef or something because I can already cook ! Lol

  108. dale r

    dale r7 päivää sitten

    The mechanic needs to find another profession.