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Why Won’t My Car Start?

If your reading this, chances are you’re having issues starting your car. The reason can be one of many. But below I’ve compiled a list of the most frequent reasons why your car isn’t starting. Considering the time of the year and what state we live in, chances are the weather could be detrimental to this problem. But we’ll consider every little thing here. Let’s jump right into it. 


Car Battery


A dead car battery is the easiest one to detect. If you’re turning the ignition and none of your lights on your dashboard switch on then your battery is toast. The solution is simple, you need a new battery. You could easily get it jumped with jumping cables and another vehicle’s car battery but this solution is only short term. The best bet is to get your car jumped and drive down to the nearest auto shop and purchase a new battery.


Bad Ignition Switch


If you know for a fact your battery is working perfectly, but your car still won’t turn on, you might have a problem with the ignition switch. Try turning on your headlights, if they turn on then there’s your answer. Because the battery controls your headlights and dashboard, you immediately cancel out the possibility that your battery is the problem. To make life easier for you, give Eric’s Car Care a call. We can figure out a way to get you started up and have you come in to take care of that bad ignition switch.


Faulty Starter


Another common reason why your car isn’t starting could be because of a faulty starter. If you hear a clicking sound when turning the ignition key, but the engine doesn’t turn on, then this could be the culprit. The job of a starter is to set the engine in motion when you turn the ignition switch on. Once the engine starts and is in motion, then the starter’s job is finished.  Conversely, if your starter is bad then your engine won’t crank properly or may not even crank at all. For a better diagnostic, call Eric’s Car Care.


Clogged Fuel Filter 


If your fuel filter is clogged, then your gasoline won’t be able to reach your engine. Thus not letting your car turn on. Even if your engine takes too long to start, then it’s a sign that your fuel filter is partially blocked. This issue can be even more of a problem than the previous ones, only because your car can turn off at any second while driving. If you see signs of idling, sputtering, or problem accelerating then call Eric’s Car Care immediately and get it fixed. The longer you wait, the more dangerous the situation you’re putting yourself into.


Bad Timing Belt


Just like your heart, if the engine jumps time, it will run poorly or fail. If your timing belt fails, your vehicle won’t start. A timing belt is crucial to making your engine work. The timing belt ensures the engine’s valves open and closes at the proper interval so that the valves and the pistons never touch. It also rotates the engine’s cam and crankshaft in sync and ensures each cylinder fires at the appropriate time. If you hear a ticking noise coming from the engine, or your engine either won’t turn over or misfires, then it’s time for a new timing belt.

Written by Eric's Car Care