You head to your car as normal and try to start the engine. To your surprise, the engine won’t start! You start asking yourself many questions and maybe you don’t know what to do as this has never occurred to you before. In such a situation, there is no need to panic at all. There various things under the car hood that can make the car not to start. It is important to relax and check them one by one. The first culprit is to check the battery and then inspect the other parts. In this post, we’ve made things easy for you by discussing some of the issues that can make a car not to start.
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A bad starter
If the starter is bad, this might show that the battery is weak as it draws more current than the battery is able to supply. It will spin slowly and draw excessive power. It might produce a sound that is the same with a sound of a weak battery. Also, if you hear a bad grinding clashing sound such as attempting to shift with a bad clutch, the starter drive gear or the engine’s ring gear may have teeth that are damaged. If the starter doesn’t turn completely, this might mean that its solenoid or relay may be shot or the ignition switch might be affected.
Bag ignition switch
A faulty ignition switch may be indicated by the battery checking out, but the starter remains silent. You can test it by turning the key to the on position. In case the red warning lights on your dashboard don’t light up, then, the ignition switch is bad and needs to be changed.
This is one of the main reasons why your car isn’t start. A dead battery can be tested with a multimeter or a battery tester to measure its cranking amps. This detects if the battery is weak or not. If it discovers that the battery is weak or dead, then you will have to change it. Also, you will be needed to clean the battery connections if you replace it with a new one to ensure that they function well.
If the battery is not dead, another likely cause of a car not to start is a corroded battery. With continued use, the battery connections and parts may become corroded. This in turn breaks the connection your battery has with the rest of the vehicle and it won’t start. So, you should try and clean your battery ports and attempt to start the vehicle, once again.
A bad alternator may as well cause the car not to start. This is because it might prevent the car battery from being charged. If this is the case, then you should change the alternator with a functional one.
Failed fuel pump
A failed or weak fuel pump will make the car not to start. Even if there is plenty of fuel, this won’t stop the car from not starting. A bad fuel pump prevents the fuel from reaching the engine. You should change the pump if this is the case. You can also check water pump failure symptoms.
A locked wheel
When the key is removed, the steering wheel locks as an anti-theft feature. At times, the steering wheel moves back against the locking pawl, preventing you from turning the key. But this can be solved easily by nudging the steering wheel to the right and left as you turn the key.
When you realize that your car isn’t starting, take your time and inspect one part to another. It may be due to lack of gas, a bad starter, bad alternator, dead battery, locked wheel or a corroded battery, among many other things. Most of these can be handled by you by tackling them step-by-step.