We’ve all faced that horrifying movement. You turn the key to your car (or push a button on some modern vehicles) and the car won’t start. Sometimes it just won’t turn over. Other times, you get nothing – maybe just a clicking sound. Why isn’t the car starting? Here are a few possible reasons.
Troubleshooting a Car that Won’t Start
Here are a few factors to consider if your vehicle is not starting:
> Is the battery out of power? A jump start may be all you need.
> Is the alarm system light flashing? There may be a reason your car alarm is preventing the vehicle from starting if your system is equipped with that feature.
> Are the battery cables connected properly? If the cables become corroded or stop functioning, no power can make it to the starter.
> Is the car making a clicking noise when you try to start it? This may indicate that the starter has gone bad. Often the starter will provide warning signs in advance. You may have needed to crank the engine a few times to get it to start in recent days. This indicates the starter was nearing the end of its lifecycle.
These are just a few of the things that can prevent a car from starting. Lack of fuel pressure, a problem in the ignition system itself, electrical problems, and many other issues can leave you stranded. What can you do?
Jump Assist and Other Roadside Assistance Services
At Vehicle Service Center, we offer service plans that you can add roadside assistance onto. Then, if you suddenly find yourself with a car that won’t start, you’re just a phone call away from a jump start or towing to a nearby repair shop. To learn more about the services we offer, call 1-800-280-6708 and ask for your free quote.