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What to Do When Your Car Won't Start: Troubleshooting Tips and Preventative Maintenance

Few things are more frustrating than getting in your car and turning the key only to find that the engine won't start. Good news, there are things you can try to troubleshoot the problem and get your car back on the road.



  1. Check the battery:

    1. A dead battery is the most common reason for a car not starting. If your car has a clicking noise when you turn the key, or the engine cranks slowly or not at all, it could be a sign that the battery is dead or low on charge. To test the battery, you can use a voltmeter or a multimeter. If the battery is low on charge, you can try jump-starting the car or using a battery charger to recharge the battery.

  2. Check the fuel:

    1. A lack of energy is another common reason for a car not starting. Make sure your vehicle has enough power to create. If the fuel gauge is low, try adding more fuel to see if that resolves the issue.

  3. Check the ignition:

    1. If the battery and fuel are not the issues, it could be a problem with the ignition system. Ensure the key is inserted correctly and turned to the "on" position. If the key turns, but the engine does not start, it could be a problem with the ignition coil, spark plugs, or distributor.

  4. Check the starter motor:

    1. If the engine cranks but does not start, it could be a problem with the starter motor. Listen if there is any clicking or grinding noises when you turn the key, as this could indicate a problem with the starter motor.

  5. Call for assistance:

    1. If you cannot determine the cause of the problem or resolve it on your own, it may be necessary to call for roadside assistance for help or a BCAA tow truck to take your car to a repair shop.


Preventing a Car That Won't Start

Keep regular maintenance, is one of the ways to help prevent unexpected breakdowns and ensure your car is in


Good working order. Here are some maintenance tips to keep in mind:

  1. Get regular oil changes:

    1. Regular oil changes are one of the most needed aspects of car maintenance. Replace the engine oil helps lubricate the engine and keeps it running smoothly. Over time, oil can break down and become less effective, leading to engine problems.

  2. Check the battery:

    1. Check it regularly to ensure it is properly connected and has enough charge. If you notice any corrosion on the battery terminals, clean it off with a wire brush.

  3. Check the tires:

    1. Proper tire maintenance is important for safety and performance. Check the tire pressure every 2 to 3 months and make sure they are properly inflated. Tire rotation regularly to ensure tires even wear, and make sure the tires in good condition.

  4. Check the brakes:

    1. Brakes are another critical safety feature of your car. Have them inspected regularly and replace the brake pads or shoes as needed.

  5. Follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule:

    1. The manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule can help maintain your car and prevent unexpected breakdowns. Be sure to follow it and have your car serviced at regular intervals.

In conclusion, if your car doesn't start, there are many ways you can do to troubleshoot the problem. Check the battery, fuel, ignition, and starter motor, and consider calling for assistance if needed. By keeping regular maintenance can help prevent unexpected breakdowns and keep your car in good working order.


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