4 Common Reasons Your Car Won't Start


4 Common Reasons Your Car Won't StartWhen it comes to car trouble, few things are as frustrating as a vehicle that simply will not start. While there are many things that can prevent a car from starting, some of the most common are also the simplest to fix. Depending on the symptoms you experience when trying to start your car, it is probable that one of the following issues is the cause. For proper diagnostics have your vehicle towed to a professional auto repair shop.

Dead Battery

The most common reason a vehicle will not start is because the battery has died. While car batteries do need to be changed, usually every two to five years depending on the type, it is more probable that your battery has died due to driver or passenger error, such as leaving the lights open or a door ajar. In this circumstance the battery can be recharged by performing a jump start.

Malfunctioning Alternator

The alternator is what creates the electricity that is used by your vehicle during operation. Excess electricity is then stored in the battery to assist with starting. If your alternator fails then your battery will quickly be drained. Before your alternator fails completely you will often experience signs of trouble, such as dim headlights, trouble working the radio or issues with the power seats or windows.

Failed Starter

The starter motor is what gets the motor spinning. If the starter motor starts to fail you will often hear a loud click or a series of clicks as you try and start your car. This is the sound of the starter motor actuating but not engaging and spinning. It is important to get to the repair shop if you hear a clicking noise when trying to start your car, as the starter is going to likely fail soon, and that could leave you stranded.

Not Getting Gas

If the engine is unable to get gas, it won't be able to run. There are a few common reasons the engine won't be able to get gas, including running out of gas, so be sure the tank has something in it. Other issues that will prevent fuel delivery include a clogged fuel filter, a faulty fuel injection system or injector or a failed fuel pump.

If your car is having trouble starting bring it to Red Line Transmission for professional auto repair in Boise. Our auto repair team will complete thorough diagnostics to ensure that your car is ready to roll safely and reliably. At the first sign of trouble give Red Line Transmission a call at (208) 314-2216 to request superior auto repair in Boise!


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