If you turn the key in your car's ignition and nothing happens, it can be very frustrating. The truth is, there are several possible reasons why your car won't start -- some are easier to fix than others.
One common cause of trouble with starting your car is an electrical failure. It could be something as simple as a loose connection or a blown fuse. Or, it could be a more severe problem like a dead battery or a faulty starter motor. If your car won't start, the first thing you should do is check the basics. Ensure the battery is connected correctly and all fuses are intact.
If the battery is dead, the engine won't turn over no matter what else is going on. If the battery and fuses look fine, the next thing to check is the starter. If the battery is dead, you may be able to jumpstart it using jumper cables and a friend's vehicle or a portable battery pack.
If that doesn't work, the next step is to check the fuel system. Make sure there is gas in the tank and that the fuel line isn't clogged. If your fuel line is clogged, you can do a few things to try and fix the problem. First, check the fuel filter to see if it needs to be replaced. If the filter is old or dirty, it could restrict fuel flow to the engine. Next, use a carburetor cleaner to clean out the fuel line. Be sure to follow the instructions on the cleaner carefully, as using too much can damage the engine.
If the engine is still not starting, it could be an issue with the spark plugs. Try changing them to see if that makes a difference.
Finally, if none of these solutions work, it's time to call a tow truck. With patience and some basic knowledge, you can often get your car running again without having to call for help -- but there's no harm in having a professional look over more persistent problems. If you're having trouble starting your car, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Todd Holliday's Winchester Tire & Alignment today!