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Car engine doesn’t start? Check out some common reasons the engine won’t start

James Smith
Car engine doesn’t start? Check out some common reasons the engine won’t start

When something is gone, you never truly understand how important it was; this is especially true of your car. You use it to get groceries, cross the city, get to work, take the kids to school, and do many other things. It is therefore extremely painful when it suddenly stops working.


There are lots of reasons engine won't start, but some are more frequent than others. The five most typical causes of car trouble are listed below, along with some tips to keep your car running smoothly and relief from car engine doesn’t start.

  1. Dead battery

Your car engine won't start most frequently due to a dead battery. The battery is what the vehicle uses to power all of its electrical systems and systems inside (e.g. lights, radio, etc.). The alternator charges the battery while the car is moving. You won't be able to start the car or use any electrical components if the battery is not fully charged.

Some typical signs include:


The electrical components are all inoperative (e.g. the lights, radio, etc.).

There is a lit battery.

Jump-starting your car is one way to check if the battery is the issue. If the jump start is successful, your battery is probably dead or your alternator is having trouble charging it. Think about changing the alternator or battery, cleaning the connections, or hiring a technician to handle the work for you.


2.     A bad ignition switch.

If your car engine won't start on the first few attempts even though you are certain that your battery is in good condition, you may have a problem with the ignition switch. By turning on your headlights, you can try to identify the root of your problem. This is because your car's battery controls your headlights and dashboard; if they turn on but your engine won't start, a faulty ignition switch is most likely to blame.

3.     defective starter

Another frequent cause of a car not starting is a broken starter. An electrical motor that is connected to the battery is a starter. When you turn on the ignition switch, it has the responsibility of starting the engine, including the pistons, crankshaft, etc. The starter's task is finished once the engine is running and moving. When you turn the ignition key on, the engine may not crank properly or it may not crank at all if the starter is damaged. When you try to start your car, you might hear a clicking sound, which indicates that your starter may be damaged or weak. This is very comparable to the earlier example of the problematic ignition switch.

Some typical signs include:


When the ignition key is turned, the car won't start.

When turning the ignition key, a loud clicking noise is heard, but the car engine doesn’t start.

When trying to start your car, it is very noisy.


4.      A dirty fuel filters

Gas won't be able to get to the engine if your fuel filter is clogged. This makes it challenging for your car to start burning fuel. A fuel filter should be changed every 15,000 to 20,000 kilometres, so the next time you have your car serviced, think about switching out your fuel filter.

5.     Empty gas tank

If this is the cause of your car not starting, you might feel a little silly, but it happens more frequently than you might think! It can be simple to forget that your gas tank needs to be refilled when you're constantly driving. The answer is straightforward: just buy more gas!

Hopefully, you won't ever find yourself in a situation where your car won't start, but if it does and you need help, one of our highly skilled mobile mechanics will come to you to properly diagnose and assess the problem. Additionally, this service will include a thorough car inspection. If our mechanic is unable to resolve the issue immediately, we will give you a cost and parts breakdown so that you are aware of the issue, the proposed solution, and the associated costs. The initial inspection becomes free and we will only charge you for the subsequent repairs if you choose to proceed with the follow-up repairs with us.


James Smith
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