Realizing that a car won’t start can get on the nerves of the calmest of people. It can fill your head with questions and your stomach with pure anxiety.
Some knowledge of possible reasons a car may fail to start can come in handy when the dreadful happens. Here are some of the typical reasons a car won’t start.
1. Dead or Weak Battery
A dead battery is one the most common reasons your car may fail to start. There are a variety of reasons your battery can die. You could have left the dome light on overnight. There could be a loose wire or water inside the component could have evaporated leading to poor conductivity. The battery could also be very old.
Usually, when the battery is the culprit, you may hear a clicking noise, but the vehicle won’t start. To rule out battery failure, try jump-starting your vehicle. If the jump-start works, your battery is most likely the problem. You may need to replace the battery or clean the connections.
2. Bad Ignition Switch
An ignition switch is designed to send a signal to your battery to start the engine. If this electrical component is faulty, your car may fail to start.
If you are sure that the battery is working properly, but your vehicle doesn’t turn over after a few tries, your ignition switch could be the problem. Rule out battery issues by turning on your headlights. If they turn on, but the engine won’t start, your battery is okay, and a bad ignition switch is the most likely culprit.
3. Broken/Defective Starter
Under normal circumstances, when you turn on your car, you should hear the engine cranking or turn over. However, if your starter is broken, you may instead hear a clicking noise when you try to start the vehicle. The clicking noise is due to the rapid engaging and disengaging of the solenoid in the starter.
4. Clogged Fuel Filter
A clogged fuel filter prevents gasoline from reaching the engine. You should swap filters after every 10,000 to 15,000 miles.
5. Human Error
Before worrying too much, check the obvious. Does your car have enough gas? Is your automatic in park mode? If yours is a manual, have you pressed the clutch far enough? If you drive a model that can’t start if the driver’s safety belt is undone, make sure to fasten it.
A car is a complicated machine, and preventative maintenance is the only way to prevent frequent mishaps. At City Collision, we aim to do more than just fix your prized possession. We are dedicated to providing you with top-quality auto body repair work and unparalleled customer service. You can contact us online, call, send us a fax, or visit our shop.
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