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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Car Won't Start

It’s happened to all of us. You’re in a hurry, running behind, you rush out to your car, jump in and turn the key, and then…. nothing. Your car won’t start. There are a lot of reasons why your vehicle might not start, but some are more common than others. Here are 5 common issues that can cause a no start and some friendly advice on how to avoid this nightmare situation.

1.    Dead Battery: By far the most common cause of a no start is a dead battery. If you have a loose wire, left your lights on all night, or your battery’s just reached the end of it’s life; you could be looking at a simple battery replacement to get your vehicle going again.

2.    Clogged Fuel Filter: Your fuel filter should be changed at least every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. When this filter clogs up due to poor maintenance habits, gasoline can no longer reach the engine. No gas = No start. Which leads to our next potential cause.

3.    Out of Gas: It sounds funny, but it happens way more often than you’d think. If you can’t remember the last time you filled up the tank, there’s a strong possibility your vehicle is out of gas. Try pouring in a gallon or so and see if it fires up.

4.    Faulty Ignition Switch: If you’ve checked your gas and your battery but your vehicle still won’t turn over, it’s possible that your ignition switch has been compromised. Try flipping on your headlights. Your headlights and dash lights are controlled directly by your vehicle’s battery. So, if those things are still working, it’s highly likely that your ignition switch is the culprit.

5.    Bad Starter: Your starter is a small electric motor connected to your battery. Since it does not require gasoline to function, it uses the electricity provided by your battery to kickstart the engine into motion. Once the vehicle is running, the starter’s job is done. If you hear a loud clicking sound when you turn the key in your vehicle’s ignition, odds are that the starter has ceased functionality.

If you have any questions or want some advice on how to proceed now that you’ve narrowed down the cause of your no start issue, give us a call today at 503-253-747 or just shoot us a text at 503-713-6801. We’ll be glad to walk you through your next steps.

Written on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by
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