As a car owner, you know that there’s always a possibility that there will come a time that you go to start your car and it won’t start. When this happens, there are many different things that could be causing it.
To help drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg and Flemington troubleshoot what could be going on when their cars won’t start, we at Fred Beans have put together this guide. Read ahead to learn about the common reasons your car won’t start, what you should do, and more!
Common Reasons Your Car Won’t Start
The first thing you need to know about problems relating to you car not being able to start is that there are two main kinds of problems. No-start problems come in two different fashions. One, your vehicle cranks but does not start. Or two, your vehicle does not crank at all. Figuring out which one you’re experiencing will help you zero in on the problem.
Cranking But Not Starting
If your vehicle is cranking but not starting, your vehicle is likely experiencing a problem with one of the following parts or systems:
- Gas – It’s as easy as that. Your vehicle doesn’t have enough fuel to turn on.
- Fuel Pump – So, your fuel tank is full. It could be a problem with your fuel pump, which can become weak or fail to relay pump information.
- Fuel Line – In cold weather, it’s not uncommon for the fuel line to become frozen.
- Spark Plugs – While spark plug problems aren’t as common in newer models, it’s still possible for their to misfire and cause a no-start.
No Cranking At All
If your vehicle isn’t cranking at all when you’re trying to start it, one of the following parts or systems could be malfunctioning:
- Accessory Belt – This part of your vehicle can become worn down or start slipping causing the no-start.
- Alternator – A faulty alternator could result on the battery not being charged, which would cause the vehicle to not crank at all.
- Battery – Problems with your battery are the most common reason for a car not being able to start. Your battery is likely dead or dying and resulting in your vehicle not being able to start.
- Starter – A start that’s in bad shape will draw more battery than necessary and cause a no-start reaction when you try to turn on your vehicle.
- Wheel Lock – This feature is meant to be an anti-theft feature. However, if you try to turn the key in the ignition and it doesn’t turn correctly, it could result in the wheel becoming locked.
What to Do if Your Car Won’t Start
When your car won’t start, there are a few things should try before you call out for additional help. You can start looking under the hood to do a quick visual inspection. If there’s dirt or build-up on the mechanical parts under the hood, especially the battery, this could be causing your problems.
Another thing you can do is try to jump the battery. If you have an inkling that a dead battery could be your problem, jumping the battery will likely be able to get you on the road. However, you’ll want to have it looked at by a professional to ensure that you don’t find yourself in the same position again.
Still Need Some Help?
If you still can’t get your vehicle to start after reading this helpful guide, give us a call at Fred Beans. We’re happy to help drivers in the Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg and Flemington areas!