What to do when your car won’t start?
If your vehicle won’t start even after you check the steering wheel and ensure you have gas, maybe it’s because of among the following:
Try cycling the key.
Start the dome light and watch it as you try to begin the engine. If the light goes out, it is a sign the battery is weak—almost dead. To heat the battery, terminals, and starter, try the “key cycling” trick. However, if the dome light stayed bright once you turned the key, proceed to another location trick.
Corrosion in your battery can spell trouble. Check and clean your battery posts to ensure there’s a clean, complete connection, then try to start your vehicle again. A car store employee can direct one to the good products and offer advice on cleaning your battery.
Bad starter motor.
The starter motor is in charge of physically turning the engine over and getting the engine to fire. If this is the issue, you will need a new one installed.
Bad timing belt.
The timing belt ensures the engine’s valves open and closes at the proper interval, so your valves and the pistons never touch. The timing belt is the primary maintenance item in your engine. A failed timing belt can cause catastrophic engine damage requiring a motor replacement. Auto manufacturers specify when a timing belt should be changed. This is usually predicated on mileage; generally, the interval is every 60,000 miles or five years (whichever comes first).
Broken or cracked distributor cap.
The distribution cap routes voltage from the engine’s ignition coil to the spark plugs. If moisture gets under the lid, it may create problems for the car. Wipe it out with a clean, dry cloth before reinstalling. Make sure to replace a damaged cap.
Bad ignition coil.
The ignition coil transforms a battery’s voltage into an electrical spark. A damaged ignition coil means there’s not enough juice to do that. You may need a multimeter (a tool built to measure electrical current, voltage, and resistance) to check the present’s strength through the coil.
Clogged fuel filter.
A clogged fuel filter will prevent enough fuel from achieving the engine. A replacement is usually needed if this is the problem.
What the Battery & Alternator Do
A car battery supplies a significant electric charge that travels through the starting system and turns some gears to start the car. Once the vehicle is running, the alternator sends the current back to recharge the battery as you drive. It supplies power for the car’s electronics when you’re underway and makes sure the best quantity of charge goes back to the battery.