We’ve all probably experienced this situation. You get into your car, stick the key into the ignition, turn it over, and… nothing. Your heart immediately stops and your stomach drops. There are a million thoughts that are racing through your mind.
What’s wrong with my car?
Why isn’t it starting?
How am I going to get where I needed to go?
How am I going to get it started again?
Who is going to fix it?
How long is it going to take?
How much is it going to cost?
These questions and concerns are most likely just the tip of the iceberg. So, the next time you’re in a situation where your car won’t start, don’t overreact. The cause of the problem might be something you can identify yourself if you’re lucky enough to be safely parked in your driveway when it happens. These are some of the things that could be causing the lack of ignition.
Battery – This is the most common cause of a car that will not start. The best thing to do is replace the battery immediately. But, if you need a quick fix you can try jump starting the car. Keep in mind you will probably need a jump the next time you want to start your car as well.
Ignition Switch – If you are sure that your battery checks out, you could have a faulty ignition switch. The best way to test this is to turn your car on but do not try to start it. If your lights on your dashboard do not do anything, the cause could be the ignition switch.
Starter – Sometimes the electrical connections in your starter get stuck but can be loosened up by simply giving it a good tapping (if you’re lucky). Otherwise, see a professional to check them for you.
Fuses – Although rare, some cars have a fuse associated with the starter. If this is the case for your car check to make sure the fuse is good.