A car breaks down only at the most inopportune times. Imagine you are running late for work and your car won’t start. In other situations, your car breaks down in the middle of the road and won’t start in the middle of the road leaving you stranded.
Here is a rundown on the 4 most common reasons as to why your car won’t start-
- Dead Battery
A dead battery is the first and foremost probable reasons a car won’t start. However, if the starter turns slowly it means that the battery is weak but not totally dead. When the battery voltage drops to a considerably low level, the lights on the instrument panel may dim when you turn the ignition.
The temporary solution would be to jump start the car but if you do not find a permanent solution to the cause of a dead battery, the drill will repeat soon. Ensure that you know the proper way to jump start the vehicle. The wrong connections can cause sparks and also damage the donor or the recipient vehicle.
Choose heavy gauge cables because cheap cables may not be able to bear the electrical current. Sometimes, even the insulation on them may melt.
Test the battery’s condition every now and then. The job takes only a couple of minutes and many auto stores and repair shops even offer free testing.
When buying a new battery for your vehicle, be sure that you get the right one. There are cars such as BMWs that require pairing the replacement battery with the car’s computer. Cars have been seen to lose electronic memories (like power window operations and radio presets) when the system is not alive during a battery swap.
Starter is the second prominent reason why a car struggles to start at times. It is quite like the ignition switch. Bad starters usually give the illusion of a bad battery by drawing more current then required.
Check for this problem by listening to the sound when you turn the keys. If you hear a clicking sound, it is a sign of a broken starter.
- Timing belt
The goal of the timing belt is to ensure that the valve of the engine opens and closes at proper intervals such that the valves and pistons never touch each other. If the timing belt fails, it can cause irreparable damage to the engine.
Consult an auto technician as to when the timing belt should be changed. This mostly depends on the mileage. Depending on what comes first, the interval is usually every 60,000 miles or five years.
- Ignition coil
The ignition coil takes the electrical current from the battery and delivers it to the spark plugs. This creates sparks that ignite the gasoline to run the car. When the ignition coil has a problem, this steady flow is disrupted.
Measure the strength of the current running through the ignition coil using a multimeter.
It is extremely inconvenient when you do not have any idea about the reason of a car not starting. Get trained help if you can’t figure out the problems in your car yourself.