You probably have experienced something like this at one point or another. After rushing out the door on your way to work, you get in your vehicle, stick the key in the ignition, turn it, and nothing happens. Your car is totally dead.
There are a lot of different problems that can keep your car from starting. Some of these problems are relatively simple and inexpensive to fix, while others are a lot more involved.
Your Battery Is Dead
Your car’s battery provides power so that it can start. If it is dead or drained, you won’t be able to get your car going. There are a lot of different reasons why dead batteries occur. For instance, if you accidentally leave the headlights on, your battery will eventually drain. If your alternator malfunctions, it also could result in a dead battery. Using jumper cables to “jump” the battery is a viable option if you find yourself in this situation, assuming there is another car nearby.
Your Starter Is Broken
The starter on your car, which is also known as the solenoid, is a small motor that sits between the battery and the engine. It helps the engine turn over when you turn the key in the ignition. If it malfunctions, your car won’t start.
Some signs that could indicate that the starter is the problem include hearing a clicking noise when you turn the key. Keep in mind, though, that the symptoms of a bad starter and a dead battery are a lot alike.
Signs that your starter may be malfunctioning include the following:
– You hear a clicking sound when you turn the key.
– Even though the engine tries to turn over, your car still won’t start.
– Your vehicle’s lights are working but you can’t get the engine to start.
Your Ignition Switch Is Defective
If you have a faulty or malfunctioning ignition switch, your starter won’t activate, which will keep your engine from turning over.
If you think that you may have a problem with your ignition switch, start by testing your battery to make sure that it is not the problem. Buying a new battery or starter is a lot cheaper than repairing your ignition switch, which is why it is smart to rule out those possibilities before taking on more significant repairs.
Your Vehicle Is Out Of Gas
One of the first things you should do if your car won’t start is to check the gas gauge. With how busy life is these days, it is easy to forget to stop for gas.
Even if your gas tank isn’t totally empty, if the level is extremely low, it could keep your vehicle from starting.
You may want to keep a small can of gas in the back of your car for situations like these. If you decide to do this, make sure that the gas can is fully secured to minimize the risk of fumes. You should also avoid smoking in your vehicle if you are carrying gas.