If you try starting your car and it doesn’t start, it could be a sign of a problem, with some issues being common culprits, such as dead battery or even more costly problems. To save yourself stress going online to try and look for the problem, here are some possible reasons why.
The battery is dead
The battery is the heartbeat of a vehicle, and it will be hard to start it if it is not charged. Dead batteries could be caused by a faulty alternator or leaving the interior or exterior lights on.
If this is the problem, you can fix it by using a jumper cable to connect to another vehicle. Before turning on the engines, make sure the jumper cables have been properly secured to the battery.
After the vehicle starts, consult a professional immediately so they can check the condition of your battery.
Below are some things you need to avoid if you want your battery to remain charged;
Ensuring you have turned off all lights before tuning the car off
Applying anti-corrosive solutions on the terminals and keeping them clean
During drastic changes in temperature, avoid leaving your car outside, e.g. strong cold front
The starter also known as the solenoid is the spark connecting the battery to the engine. If the start is not turning over, the engine is not going to run.
A common sign you have a problem with your starter is hearing a clicking noise when you turn the ignition. You need to keep in mind that a faulty starter and a dead battery will have the same symptoms.
To tell the difference between the two, check the strength of the battery. Do this by turning the headlights on and off. There are times when the battery has enough juice to power the lights but not enough for the engine. This is why it is best to get a professional who will be able to inspect it thoroughly.
Possible signs of a faulty starter:
A clicking sound when turning on the ignition
The engine attempting to turn over but not able to complete ignition
The exterior and interior lights are turning on but the car is not starting.
The ignition switch can cause the car not to start. The ignition guides the starter to turn over the engine.
If you think the switch is defective, try the above battery test and then contact a professional. Having a defective ignition switch will end up costing you a little more than a starter or battery. This is why it is a good idea to first explore all possible problems.
Empty gas tank
If you have explored all the previous option, consider checking whether you remembered to fill up
Maybe the solution to your problem could be filling your gas tank. If the engine doesn’t have enough gas to turn over, it is not going to start. If you filled up and there is low fuel, it could be a sign of a gas leak, which is a more serious problem.
You should consider having a gallon tank of gas in your car to avoid possible embarrassment. You should properly secure the gasoline because it can emit fumes than can fill the exterior of the car. If you have a tank of gas in your vehicle, don’t smoke around it. Should you break down and need a towing company give us a call.