Why Won't My Car Start?

Why Won't My Car Start?When it comes to being a car owner, few things are as frustrating as when the car just won't start. Going to turn the key, only to be responded to with a cranking engine, or nothing at all, can really raise your blood pressure. Thankfully, if there is room for any thanks in a no start situation, is that most problems that prevent your engine from firing up are relatively simple to diagnose and repair. The following are five common causes of no starts.

Dead Battery

The most common no start issue is a dead battery. While car batteries do need to be replaced at the end of their life (3-5 years for most), it's more common to experience a drained battery due to leaving lights on and such. This means you can jumpstart your car to get it running. Once the vehicle is started your engine and the alternator will recharge the battery.

Failing Starter

The starter motor is fed an electrical charge when the key is turned. This causes it to actuate its pinion gear, which engages with the flywheel and spins it, thus getting the engine pumping. If the starter fails you're likely to hear a clicking noise coming from under the car. This is the sound of the starter actuating but not spinning.

Bad Alternator

The alternator is what runs electrical systems while the engine is on. By using the motion of the engine, the alternator creates electricity to do so, and excess electricity is stored in the battery to help with starting. If you experience strange issues with your radio or power windows, notice dim headlights or dash lights or other odd electrical occurrences, it is likely that the alternator is on its way out. Get to a repair shop before it leaves you stranded.

Fuel Delivery Issue

If the proper amount of gasoline can't get to the combustion chamber, then your car will be unable to run well, if at all. The most common fuel delivery issues include a clogged fuel filter, a failed fuel pump or dirty and gummed up fuel injectors. Before these issues prevent no starting, a driver will often experience a rough idle or stalling.

It's important that you pay attention to how your car starts and runs. If things seems abnormal when you turn the key be sure to visit a qualified auto shop for proper diagnostics and repairs. To request no start auto repair in Appleton reach out to Auto Select. Our team of professional auto repair technicians will have you on the road in no time. Give us a call at (920) 993-3339 to schedule superior auto repair in Appleton today.

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