If your car isn’t starting, several different issues could be at fault. Before you call a mechanic or a tow truck, take a deep breath and read on. There may be an easy fix you can do yourself.
A dead battery is the most common cause for a car that won’t start. A battery can die from an electrical component in your car being accidentally left on for a long period, like interior cabin lights or headlights. If you suspect your battery may be dead, have a friend or neighbor jump it for you with jumper cables. If your battery appears heavily corroded or dirty, it may be time for a replacement.
Locked Steering Wheel
Many vehicles have a safety feature that prevents the car from starting if the steering wheel is locked. Your car’s owner manual will give you instructions on how to unlock your steering wheel and how to avoid accidentally locking it in the future.
Clogged Fuel Filter
It may be time to replace your fuel filter. A clogged fuel filter won’t allow enough fuel to reach your engine, preventing it from starting. A professional mechanic will be able to check your fuel filter.
Failing Ignition Coil
When your ignition coil’s gone bad, it won’t be able to convert your battery’s energy into a spark. A mechanic can test the strength of your ignition coil and decide if a replacement is necessary.
Start Motor Issue
Your starter motor is what turns the engine over and starts your car. If your car won’t start, it may be time to have it replaced.
Timing Belt Issue
The timing belt on your car times the opening and closing of the engine’s valves. If your timing belt is failing, not only will your car not start, but it could lead to costly repairs. Most cars need a timing belt replacement at every 60,000 miles or every five years.
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