Common Problems Starting Cars
Why won't my car start? Fixing cars and trucks isn't the easiest thing in the world, especially not diagnosing the issue in the first place. It takes a lot of experience, plenty of time, and even more elbow grease to deduce what's wrong with a vehicle, and it becomes even harder when the issue at hand is as simple yet broad as "Why won't my car start?" Great question. A hard question, but perhaps that's what makes it great.
Today we’re going to cover some of the common issues that may be preventing your car from starting, starting with some of the more obvious ones than working our way to the more complex issues that may require a professional to fix. But with these tips, hopefully, you’ll understand better what may be wrong with your vehicle and how to get your engine started sooner than later.
Engine Starting Issues From A to Z (basically)
As we go through this list, you may want to check off items that are related or not related to your car or truck starting problems. It’s always good to go with your gut and start with the most likely solution, but be sure to eliminate the possibilities with care so you know how to proceed if things become increasingly complicated.
This one is fairly common, albeit less likely the cause of your problem these days. Battery tech has come a long way and they tend to last a lot longer now, besides that they’re more affordable than ever to replace. So don’t replace the battery unless there are serious obvious problems with powering the electrical system too (not just starting the engine). Sometimes it’s best to get a professional’s advice on when it’s time to replace a battery. If you have questions about battery replacement, feel free to give us a call using the contact information at the bottom of the page.
The alternator recharges your car battery using energy converted from the engine, and if it’s not working, neither will your car. Sometimes you’ll hear a high-pitched squeal when turning the key that can mean the alternator bearings have gone bad. Or you may notice the radio tends to distort when revving the engine. These are all signs of alternator problems.
The check engine light often indicated issues with the alternator, but with a proper scanner, it can be hard to determine what the check engine light is even blinking about. If your check engine is light and your car won’t start (showing the electrical system functions but not well enough), then give us a call and we’ll help you figure out the issue with one of our tech-grade scanners.
Bad Engine Starter Motor
The engine starter is a motorized system meant to jumpstart the vehicle when you turn the key. But if the engine starter is broken, stuck, or not working well, it can keep your engine from starting. Often this requires professional diagnostics to identify correctly.
The ignition is the part that turnover when you use your key to start the engine starter which gets the engine going. If the ignition’s electrical system isn’t working, this can also stop your car from starting. Also, check your spark plugs if it’s been a while since they’ve been replaced.
Out of Fuel
Sure this one’s a little silly to have to write down, but with gas prices higher than ever I think we’re all pushing the limits further and further than we ever have. If you left that gas light on just before things went wonky, that may indeed be why you can’t start the engine now. If that’s the case, just refuel your vehicle of course.
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Until next time!