Why Won't My Car Start?

Why Won't My Car Start?When it comes to your car there are few things that are frustrating as a vehicle that simply won't start. If there is any good new to report regarding this situation it is that no start issues are often easy to diagnose. While you'll likely need a tow truck to get your car to the shop, you can rest easy knowing you'll be driving home in a reliable vehicle. So what are the most common no start issues? Read on to find out?

Dead Battery

Before you rush off to call the tow truck you'll want to make sure that your battery isn't the cause of the trouble. If your battery has died due to leaving the lights on or playing the radio with the engine off you can simply jumpstart it and the battery will be recharged. If you turn the key in the ignition and nothing happens, it is most probable that the battery has died.

Failed Alternator

As mentioned, the battery is recharged once the engine is up and running. This is thanks to the alternator, which provides the electricity to operate the electronics on board while the engine is running. It uses the motion of the motor to create the electrical power, so if this part fails, you'll experience trouble operating the radio and other power equipment, and the battery will soon die.

Malfunctioning Starter

The starter motor is what gets the engine spinning when the key is turned. The most common sign of a failing starter motor is if you turn the key and hear a loud click or a series of clicks. What you are hearing is the starter motor actuating its pinion gear, but failing to engage and spin.

Fuel Delivery Issue

If you turn the key and the motor turns over and over but doesn't fire up, it is most likely that the engine is not getting fuel. This is primarily caused by one of three problems. The first is a failed fuel pump, the second is a clogged fuel filter and the last would entail malfunctioning fuel injection units.

There are other issues that can prevent no starts, such as corroded spark plugs or a failed ignition. The best way to figure out what the problem is by contacting a professional auto repair shop that can run thorough diagnostics. If you need no-start auto repair in Phoenix head to Gearhead Auto Center. Our expert technicians will pinpoint the trouble and have you back on the road in no time. To learn more, or to request quality auto repair in Phoenix give us a call at auto repair and maintenance for all makes and models. Give us a call at (602) 497-3541 today.

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