You’re walking out to your car, coffee in hand, ready to head to work. You go to turn the key, and, nothing happens. Maybe you try one or two more times, but slowly, realize your car isn’t going to start, which is a less than ideal way to start your day. The only thing worse? Not knowing what caused the problem in the first place. There could be a variety of problems, but here are the top four reasons why your car won’t start.
One of the most common reasons your car isn’t starting is because the battery died. As our cars age, so does the battery, which is why it’s important to care for it properly, so you don’t have to go out and buy a new one anytime soon. Leaving your car idling, forgetting to turn off your lights, loose wiring, or it’s age, can all be reasons why your battery isn’t working. If you think your car won’t start because of a dead battery, find some jumper cables to start your car. If the engine turns on, you’re dealing with a dying battery, which should get replaced as soon as possible.
Defective Ignition Switch
If your lights are still working, but your car isn’t starting, it’s probably a bad ignition switch. The ignition switch sends a signal to your engine that it’s time to turn on. Without that connection, you won’t be going anywhere. You’ll have to check your owners manual to know the proper procedures to replace it.
Dealing with a faulty starter might seem like a dead battery at first. It might make a low clicking sound, then stop. Why? The starter provides the force that turns on your engine, which is powered by the battery. Without the force, your engine can’t run, hence why your car isn’t starting. It also uses up excessive energy if it’s in poor condition, which isn’t great for the overall maintenance of your car. You’ll likely need to get it repaired, or even replaced.
Clogged Fuel Filter
A clogged fuel filter means just that- your filter is blocked up by debris or outside materials, which is good for your fuel lines, but bad for the filter itself. If the fuel filter catches too much material, your fuel supply can’t make its way to power the engine. Generally, the only way to solve this issue is by replacing the fuel filter. You should get it checked every 10,000-15,000 miles, so you can avoid engine difficulties, which is typically done during an oil change.
This might seem obvious, but it’s the little things that get us in the end. Your car can’t start if it’s run out of gas. Always keep an extra cart of gasoline in the garage, just in case, so you can make it to the gas station.