Why Won’t My Car Start

Sep 11, 2019

Why Won’t My Car Start

You never fully understand how important something is until it’s gone, and this is especially true when you don’t have access to your car. It’s an everyday necessity and we become so dependent on our cars. So, when it stops working, we are lost!

As you can imagine, there’s a long list of reasons as to why your car won’t start. But, some are more common than others and we have included 5 in this blog.

1. The dreaded dead battery

A very common reason why your car won’t start. A car battery is what the car uses to provide electric to the entire car and the different components such as your radio and lights. While your car is running, the alternator is charging your battery. If the charge is not enough, you’re not going to be able to start your car.

Your battery can die for a variety of reasons. But leaving headlights on for too long/overnight or if it’s lifespan has expired are some of the most common. If you try a jump start your car and the jump start works, then you could be dealing with a battery that is dying or an alternator that is having trouble recharging.

2. Defective ignition

If you have ruled out the issue with your battery but your car still doesn’t turn over, this could be an issue with the ignition switch. You can try narrow down the case of your issue by trying your headlights and radio, as they are controlled by your engine. If they work, then the problem is not with your battery!

3. Broken starter

Another common reason as to why your car won’t start. A starter sets the engine in motion when you turn the ignition switch on. Once the engine starts and is in motion, the starter’s job is complete. If your starter is bad, your engine is not going to crank properly or not at all. Very similar to the bad ignition switch! Common symptoms are clicking, or your car is noticeably louder when trying to start.

4. Possible clogged fuel filter

If your fuel filter is clogged, petrol or diesel will not reach the engine. Making it difficult for your car to burn the fuel it needs to go. If you have had your car for more than 4 years, it would be a good idea to get your fuel filter checked on your next service.

5. Have you forgotten to fuel up?

A silly reason, but actually a very common one! When driving around all the time, we think we have more miles left in a tank than what there actually is. With this common problem, thankfully all you need to do is fuel up!

We never want you to experience these issues, if you’re having trouble with your car, get a quote with our local and trusted mechanics in your area!


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