It's a beautiful day outside. The sun is shining and the weather is perfect. You get in the car, ready to start your busy day when - oh! - Your car won't start.
There are many reasons why your car won't start. Before you call for help, there are things you can check for yourself. For starters, make sure the steering wheel is not locked.
An empty fuel tank is another simple reason why your car won't start. If you were low on fuel before (or your gauge is damaged), you may just be on "Empty".
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THE CAR STILL DOESN'T START?
If your car doesn't start even after checking the steering wheel and making sure you have fuel, it could be due to one of the following reasons:
- Uncharged battery. A discharged battery is the most common reason why the car won't start. If you have a battery tester, check if the battery is low. If you don't have one, try jumping over the car using jumper cables.
- Battery corrosion. Battery corrosion can be trouble. Check and clean the battery posts to make sure it is clean, full connection, then try restarting the car. An employee of the auto shop can direct you to the right products and advise you on how to clean the battery.
- Bad starter. The starter motor is responsible for the physical overturning of the engine and the starting of the engine. If this is the problem, you need to install a new one.
- Bad timing belt. The timing belt ensures that the engine's valves open and close at appropriate intervals, ensuring that the valves and pistons never come into contact. The timing belt is the most important maintenance item on your engine. A damaged timing belt can cause catastrophic engine damage, requiring engine replacement. Car manufacturers determine when to replace the timing belt. This is usually based on your mileage; in general, the interval is every 90 km or every five years (whichever comes first).
- Broken or cracked distributor cap. The distribution cap routes the voltage from the engine's ignition coil to the spark plugs. If moisture gets under the cap it can cause problems in your car. Wipe it with a clean, dry cloth before reinstalling it. Be sure to replace the damaged cap.
- Bad ignition coil. The ignition coil converts the battery voltage into an electrical spark. A damaged ignition coil means there is not enough juice for this. You will need a multimeter (a tool designed to measure electric current, voltage, and resistance) to test the strength of the current flowing through the coil.
- Clogged fuel filter. A clogged fuel filter will prevent sufficient fuel from entering the engine. If this is a problem, a replacement is usually required.