Is there anything more frustrating than leaving your house in the morning only to find that your car won’t start? This could really put a spanner into your whole day. You might end up late for work, if you can even get there at all, and you will probably waste some time and money by calling out a mechanic to come and fix it for you.
This is a super stressful situation, and also very costly as well. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. In fact, it could be such a small problem that is actually preventing your car from starting. Even if you don’t have any mechanical know-how, you might still be able to figure it out yourself and fix things.
So, ready to lift up the hood and see if you can find a problem? Here are some things that you should do if your car won’t start.
Does The Tank Need Filling Up?
One of the most common reasons why a car won’t turn on is because of low fuel levels. Most people think that you can still turn on the car even if the fuel is low, and that hardly any gas means it just won’t go anywhere. But that isn’t always the case. In some situations, no fuel means that it just won’t turn on at all. Obviously, this is a bit of a nightmare because you are now going to have to source some oil from somewhere. You have two options. First, you could push your car to the nearest gas station. That probably isn’t going to be possible, especially if you are home alone. Your next best option is to take a gas can with you to the gas station, fill it up, and then take it home to fill up the car’s tank. Yes, this means walking to the gas station which will probably waste some of your time, but it’s either that or pay to get a mechanic out!
Is The Battery Dead?
The next most common reason why your car might not be waking up is that the battery could be flat. If the car is particularly old, then the battery might need replacing completely. This can be quite expensive, as car batteries don’t come cheap. You may be able to find some discount if you have a warranty on your car, though. Used car warranty providers often include battery replacements in the list of things that they cover, but it’s always best to double check with yours first before you try to claim. If the battery isn’t that old, it should be easy to restart it. If you have some jump cables, you should be able to jump start it using another vehicle. You just need to connect the two cars with the cables and start them. Once you have jump started yours, you should leave the engine to run for a few minutes to give the battery a chance to recharge.
Double Check The Oil Levels
There might be a problem with your oil levels too, so it’s a good idea to check them in case the above two solutions don’t work. One of the main things that will tell you there is an issue with the oil is the noise the engine will make when it tries to turn on. If it sounds like it is stuttering, then that is a clear sign it needs more oil in it. Unfortunately, you aren’t likely to have any extra oil on you at home that you can use to top up the levels, so you will need to take the vehicle to the nearest garage. If there is no way of starting your car, you will probably need to call out a mechanic to fill up the oil. This will cost you a fee this time, but that doesn’t mean you need to repeat this again. In fact, keeping an eye on your oil gauge will give you a good idea of when it is time for a top up. These regular checkups will prevent you from getting into a pickle early one morning when you need to get to work!
Can’t Turn The Key?
Sometimes, it’s impossible to start a car because the key won’t turn in the lock. There are two usual reasons why the key might not be able to turn the ignition. It might mean that the ignition has been locked by the steering lock and the front wheels have been turned to one side. If you think that this is the cause, you should just try and jig the steering wheel a bit so that the wheels loosen up and turn a little. The other possibility is that the issue lies with the steering lock itself. This usually happens in old cars as the lock mechanism wears over time. If you still have a spare set of keys, see if they work instead. If that doesn’t seem to make a difference, you will need to call your car dealer to see if they can send out a lock specialist.
Are There Any Lights On The Dashboard?
Your dashboard should fill with lights as soon as you turn the lights in the ignition. However, sometimes that might not happen and your car just won’t start. This is a sign that there is no power coming at all from the battery. So, it could mean that your battery is flat or almost flat. To rule out the battery, you should try and turn on the headlights. These won’t work if the battery is indeed flat. If they do work, though, then there is a problem with the wiring between the ignition and the dashboard. Unfortunately, this is something that you need to call a mechanic out to fix.
Hopefully, your car will start every time you try to turn it on. But, if it ever doesn’t, at least you will have this blog post to guide you to the right solution. Fingers crossed that it isn’t too expensive!