What to Do When Your Vehicle Won’t Start

It can happen at any time. You hop in your car to go to work, church, pick up the kids, or even a quick trip to a convenience store, and your car won’t start. What do you do? First of all, don’t panic. Follow these quick tips to help you figure out what’s wrong and get you on your way.

Listen to the vehicle. There are basically two possible sounds for a car that won’t start, and they tell you crucial information about what’s going on. The first profile is silence: and believe it or not, that’s probably an indication that things aren’t that bad. The second is repeated “coughing” without ignition. So your first step is to determine which profile your uncooperative car is exhibiting.

If You Don’t Hear Anything: Silence

Call up a friend with jumper cables. You may have a dead battery. The starter needs electrical current, because when you first turn the key, there’s no fuel in the system yet—the energy has to come from somewhere. When the battery’s dead, the starter has no electrical energy source, so it won’t make a sound. you may have left your headlights or an interior light on overnight. Get a friend to jump your car, drive it around for 20 minutes or so to recharge the battery, and you’re good to go.

You may have done nothing wrong, the battery may have reached the end of its service life. If so, go ahead and get a boost, this will get you on your way. Now pay a visit to your auto service technician for his or her recommendation on the next step.

If You Hear Coughing or Similar Sounds of Malfunctioning

Ask for qualified help. This may mean calling AAA or using that roadside assistance coverage on your insurance that you hoped you’d never take advantage of, it’s time to bring in the pros. It used to be that you could pump the gas pedal a little and it might start, but with modern fuel-injected engines, that procedure is obsolete. There’s a list of possible malfunctions behind a sputtering starter: fuel pump, ignition coil, electrical connections a variety of things, a lot of stuff that you really don’t want to be messing with unless you are familiar with what you’re doing. Let your trusted technician take it from here.

Vehicles usually start when required, but there are a bunch of moving parts involved, and occasionally malfunctions arise. Don’t sell the car because of it. Follow the simple steps outlined here and it’ll be back to normal in no time.

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