Why Won’t My Car Start?

You are late for work again because your car will not start. But why? There are a variety of reasons as to why your car might not be starting. Before we get into the details, it is important for you to know how an engine works in the first place.

Basic car starting begins when there is a cranking that gives the engine power to start up. So, when you turn your ignition key or press the ignition button, an electrical signal is sent to start cranking to get your engine start. If this signal does not reach the engine, then your car is not going to start.

Here are some of the most common reasons why your car may not be starting:

Battery Issues

If your battery is not supplying any power, your car is not going to start. If the battery has little to no- charge it will not be able to carry the starting signal to your engine. This happens when you leave your lights on for an extended period while the car is off or leaving another electrical accessory running.

Key Will Not Turn

If you are trying to start your car and your key physically will not turn, your steering is locked by the ignition lock. In order to fix this, gently rock the wheel back and forth while trying to turn the key and it should come unlocked. If you are unable to get it unlocked, you might need a new key that is not worn down or you will need your car inspected by a professional.

Starter Motor Malfunction

If your starter motor malfunctions ten your car will not crank at all and you will be stuck where you last parked your car until you get professional help. If this part of your car is not properly functioning then there will be no start signal sent, leaving you vehicle stationary.

Ignition System Problems

The ignition system is the main, middleman when it comes to a working vehicle. If there is an issue with it, the car will not start, and if you do get it started, you will have to mess with it again and again until it is completely fried. If this is the case, contact professional help immediately.

Amongst all the issues cars can have, these were just a few of the most common reasons your car might not be starting. If you are having continuous issues and need a jump to get places, we recommend that you get your vehicle serviced. Do not be late for work anymore, call us, your local auto-repair team if you need repairs and live in the Fairview Height, Illinois area!

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