I see conversations like the following a lot:
A: My car won't start.
B: Does it crank?
A: Yes but it won't turn over.
B: Wait, I'm confused. So, it tries?
A: Well it makes a sound.
B: Like whir whir whir or just the clicks?
What terms and phrases are generally used in the context of observations made of a car starting (or attempting to) and what's the difference between them? I can think of:
- The clicking sound (not sure what that's called).
- Turn over (I think that means the same thing as crank? Or is it referring to the moment it moves beyond the attempts and actually starts? Car won't crank, turn over, or start is a good example of a question title where confusion may be present.)
- Maybe other things (like here somebody used the word "catch").
There seems to be a further bit of confusion regarding how far it gets when trying to start, which I can't really describe accurately since I don't know the words, but the progression seems to be:
- No clicks at all.
- Clicks only.
- That "sad" sounding attempt e.g. with a dying battery (and there's also the "really sad" version of this where it just sort of buzzes a little or tries exactly once).
- A "full strength" failed attempt e.g. a broken fuel pump.
- An actual full start then an immediate ramp down and stall e.g. an ECU problem or something.
- A full, happy start.
Is there terminology that can clearly distinguish between those?