Top Causes of No Starts


Top Causes of No StartsIn relation to cars, there are few things as frustrating as jumping in the driver's seat, turning the key, and not hearing your car's engine roar to life. There are numerous things that can prevent a vehicle from being started, but most are relatively small. If your car's engine won't start there is a good chance that one of the following issues is the root cause. Head to your local auto shop for further diagnostics and repairs.

Dead Battery

The first thing you will want to check is if the battery is dead. If you turn the key and absolutely nothing happens, this is probably the case. You can use jumper cables to get your car up and running and the movement of the engine should recharge the battery, if there is no other issue occurring.

Failed Starter

The starter motor is what gets the engine spinning when you turn the key. If you hear a loud click, or a series of clicks when the key is turned, it is probable that the starter is malfunctioning. The sound you're hearing is the starter actuating, but not spinning.

Bad Alternator

The alternator is responsible for creating the electricity that powers electrical components of your vehicle while the engine is on, such as the lights, and dashboard, and many integral computers. Excess electricity it creates is stored in the battery, so if the alternator fails, the battery will quickly be drained of its power, thus resulting in a car that can't start.

Fuel Delivery Issue

Your vehicle requires fuel to get to the combustion chamber if it is going to run. There are a few reasons that gas may not make it to there. The primary causes of poor fuel delivery are a bad fuel pump, a clogged fuel filter or dirty fuel injectors.

Ignition Problem

If you can't turn the key, you're not going to be able to get the car started. This may be due to a bad switch, or in some cars, a steering wheel lock, so try rocking the steering wheel and turning the key at the same time.

At Auto Select we can complete expert diagnostics to determine why your vehicle won't start. If you need towing to our Stevens Point auto repair shop, we can help arrange that too. Our auto repair technicians have access to the latest diagnostic equipment, ensuring we get the problem fixed right the first time. Give us a call at (715) 341-1600 to schedule superior auto repair in Stevens Point or the surrounding area.


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