Two Ideas to Try if Your Car Won't Start


Two Ideas to Try if Your Car Won't StartWhen it comes to car trouble there are few things as frustrating as a vehicle that just won't start. While you may feel like screaming and smashing in the windshield, hold on, as it likely isn't as bad as it seems. Most problems that prevent a vehicle from starting are relatively minor, such as a dead battery, so have no fear. While there are bigger issues that can result in a no start, these too can often be quickly remedied by a professional auto repair technician. Here's what you need to know no starts and what you can do about them.

What Causes a Car Not To Start?

There are many things that can prevent a car's engine from starting, but as stated most are pretty minor. Here's a few of the most common issues that will cause a no start.

  • Dead Battery - Car batteries will die after several years of use but more often they die due to using the radio or lights without the engine running.
  • Failed Alternator - The alternator is what generates electricity for use by components while the engine runs.
  • Excess electricity is stored in the battery to assist with starting. A failed alternator will result in a drained battery.
  • Dead Starter Motor - The starter is what gets the engine spinning. If you hear a loud clicking noise when you turn the key it is likely time for a new starter motor.
  • Fuel Delivery Issue - If gas can't get to the engine then it can't start. This is usually due to a fuel pump issue, a malfunctioning fuel injector or a clogged fuel filter.

What can be done during a no start?

Many issues will require the assistance of a mechanic to restore driveability. However, if the problem with the vehicle is due to a dead battery there are a few things you can try to get up and running.

  • Jumpstart - If you have a pair of jumper cables a jumpstart will be your best bet, but you will need another, healthy vehicle to assist you.
  • Push start - If you drive a stick shift you can try to do what is known as popping the clutch, but this is only recommended for the most dire situations and should be attempted by someone experienced in the process. To do this you will need to place the car in first gear with the clutch depressed and have some people push the vehicle in an area free of any obstacles or traffic, preferably a parking lot. Once up to speed turn the key and let your foot of the clutch to try and get the vehicle up and running.

No start situations are best resolved by a professional technician. If you have encountered a vehicle that will not start contact Advanced Transmission for expert auto repair in Prescott or Kingman visit the team at Advanced Transmission. Our auto repair team will solve your car's not start issues quickly and effectively. Give us a call at the location nearest you to schedule superior auto repair in Prescott or Kingman.


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