Why won't my car start?


Why won't my car start?When it comes to car trouble, few things are as frustrating as getting in your car, turning the key, and having the engine turn over and over and over, or not turn over at all. Failure to start can be caused by a number of issues, some relatively small, others quite complex. The following are five common issues that may prevent your car from starting, but be sure to visit your local auto repair shop for proper diagnostics and repair.

Dead battery

The most common issue that prevents a car from starting, and also one that is the simplest to fix, is a dead battery. While batteries will die and need to be changed over the years, many times they die simply from leaving the lights on or running accessories with the engine off, such as the radio or headlights, for an extended period of time. In these cases a simple jump start will get you back on the road.

Failed starter

When the key is turned the starter motor receives an electrical charge that causes its pinion gear to actuate. This gear engages with the flywheel to spin the motor. If the starter fails you will often hear a single loud click, or a series of clicks, when you turn the key.

Malfunctioning alternator

The alternator is what charges the battery and powers lights and other electronics as you drive. If the alternator fails the battery will not be able to be recharged and it will eventually die, which in turn prevents you from starting you car. Common signs of alternator failure include dim or flickering headlights and trouble with electronics such as the radio or power windows.

No fuel delivery

Your car needs gasoline to run, so if gas isn't making it to the combustion chamber your vehicle will fail to start. The most common reasons fuel won't be properly delivered are a clogged fuel filter, a broken fuel pump or a malfunctioning fuel injection unit.

Ignition problem

The ignition system itself is regularly to blame for starting failure. The ignition is where the electrical pathway that gets your car started begins and if it isn't working you likely won't get any response from the car when the key is turned, if you can even turn the key.

While no start issues are frustrating, they're generally easy to fix. If you need no start repair in Weston or Wausau have your vehicle brought to Auto Select. Our team of auto repair experts will perform professional diagnostics that will pinpoint the trouble your car is suffering from. No matter what the issue is, our Weston auto repair crew can fix it. Give us a call at (715) 241-0007 to request an appointment today.


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