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What to Do If Your Car Won’t Start
19 Oct, 2023

What to Do If Your Car Won’t Start

It can be frustrating when you insert the key in the ignition and turn it, but the car does not start. It’s a sinking feeling. In this blog post, we’ll look into the common reasons why your car won’t start and what to do about it.

Common Reasons a Car Won’t Start

  • Out of fuel
  • Battery problems
  • Fuel pump issue
  • A malfunctioning starter
  • Bad alternator
  • Stuck steering wheel
  • Dead key fob battery
  • Car is in gear
  • Clogged fuel filter
  • Bad spark plug

Steps You Should Take If Your Car Won’t Start

  • Make Sure There’s Fuel

It might sound obvious, but the first step is to ensure you have enough fuel in your tank. Without enough fuel in the tank, the fuel pump won’t be able to draw fuel, and the engine may not start until more fuel is added to the tank. You can call a family member, friend, or roadside assistance service to acquire gas for you.

  • Check the Car Battery

A weak or dead battery is a common culprit. Turn on your headlights; if they're dim or don't come on at all, it's a sign your battery might need a jump or replacement.

  • Examine the Battery Connections

Loose or corroded battery connections can disrupt the electrical flow. Check for secure, clean connections at the battery terminals. If the connections are loose, use the appropriate wrench or pliers to tighten the terminal nuts securely. To clean corroded battery terminals, mix baking soda and water into a paste. Apply it to the terminals, scrub with a wire brush, and rinse with water.

  • Identify Ignition Issues

Problems with the ignition switch or key can prevent a car from starting. Ensure the key turns smoothly and there are no issues with the ignition system.

  • Troubleshoot a Locked Steering Wheel

In some cases, the steering wheel might be locked, preventing the ignition key from turning. To resolve this issue, gently turn the steering wheel while trying to turn the key. If it doesn’t work, seek help from a trusted auto repair service.

  • Inspect the Alternator

If your car starts but then stalls, it could be an alternator issue causing the problem. An alternator problem may cause the battery to drain quickly.

  • Check the Starter

If you hear a clicking sound when you turn the key in the ignition, the culprit could be the starter motor. A failed starter motor needs to be replaced. Reach out to a nearby mechanic to help you replace the starter motor.

  • Call a Roadside Assistance Service

If you're unable to identify or resolve the issue, calling a roadside assistance service can help jump-start your car or provide a tow to an auto repair shop.

  • Reach Out To a Professional Auto Repair Shop

If the problem remains unresolved, it's time to contact a professional auto repair shop. Experienced mechanics can diagnose and fix the underlying issue, whether it's related to the engine, electrical system, or other components.

Is Your Car Not Starting? Call Wrights Car Care for Help

Wrights Car Care is an auto repair shop providing professional car care and services. If your car won’t start and you’re looking for a trusted mechanic to diagnose the problem and provide you with a reliable solution, get in touch with Wrights Car Care. Our knowledgeable and experienced mechanics have the expertise and top-of-the-line tools to fix your car and get you back on the road.


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