Car Not Starting: Common Causes

A car not starting is probably one of the worst nightmares that you can have. Fortunately, or unfortunately, there are many reasons why a car won’t start, some of them quite serious and some of them not so. The first thing you need to do when your vehicle refuses to fire its engine is to find out what exactly causes this: for starters, go through the following checklist to see if you can find out what’s wrong. Otherwise, be prepared to call a mechanic or technician to help you find the issue.

You are Not in the Correct Gear

Manual cars should never be started in any mode other than neutral. Automatic cars, on the other hand, will straight out refuse to start if you are not in the correct gear, which should be the parking (P mode) for most vehicles out there. So the first thing to check out before panicking is this: hopefully you just got a little scared and you can continue your day without further issues.

The Key Doesn’t Turn

A worn key or ignition mechanism won’t be able to start a car. Try to jerk the steering wheel to the left and right to see if you can make the vehicle start. Alternatively, try out a spare key (if you have any) or call the local dealership to send you a replacement key.

No Current Supplied to the Internals

One other common cause of failing to start a car is a dead battery. Generally, car batteries last between two to five years, and they require replacement after this period is over as they won’t be able to retain a charge anymore. For a quick fix, you can try using an ideal NOCO jump starters and a healthy battery (possibly from another vehicle) to start your car. However, keep in mind that this is a temporary solution: you will need to replace your battery if it has gone bad.

A Bad Alternator

Your car battery may not get properly charged due to a malfunctioning alternator. In that case, replacing the battery won’t fix the issue: you will have to take a look at the alternator and accessory drive belt to see if the two of them require replacement. Again, a NOCO charger can be used for charging your battery to take your vehicle to the mechanic.

Failing Fuel Pump

A failing fuel pump cannot provide the fuel necessary to start up the car, even if your fuel tank is decently filled. This issue may manifest all of a sudden, even if your car was fine just the other day. If you cannot hear the sound of the fuel pump when turning on the ignition, chances are high that is what has gone wrong.