Why won’t my car start? Top 4 reasons

When it comes to car trouble there are certainly things that can be unsettling: the illumination of the check engine light, a strange noise, a weird vibration, and so on. But the thing that is most unnerving, and most troubling, is simply a car that will not start.

There are several reasons your car may not be able to fire up its engine, the following being the four most common reasons. If your car won’t start, be sure to trust the repairs to a knowledgeable, experienced mechanic.

Dead battery

The most common issue is also a relatively simple one. A dead battery will prevent your car from starting as it is what provides the necessary electrical juice to get everything up and running. A jump start can generally resolve this issue, but from time to time the battery will need to be replaced.

Fuel delivery problem

Your car requires fuel, spark and air in order to run. If fuel is not being delivered from the tank (make sure you aren’t out of gas) the engine will crank over and over without starting up. Fuel problems can be caused by a broken fuel pump, clogged fuel filter or faulty fuel injectors.

Failed starter

The starter motor is designed to get the pistons moving up and down in order to create the motion necessary to allow the engine to run on its own. If the starter motor fails you will often hear a single click or a series of clicking noises when you turn the key.

Dead alternator

When your vehicle is running the power accessories and other electrical equipment is powered by the alternator. The alternator also is what keeps the battery charged. If the alternator fails you will suffer from a dead battery, but prior to that happening you will likely experience strange occurrences surrounding the use of electrical accessories. This includes trouble with power seats, windows or the radio.

At A-1 Automotive we can diagnose your vehicle and complete auto electric repair in Mountain View for any make and model. Our ASE certified auto repair technicians are highly skilled at keeping cars and trucks in the best shape possible. To learn more or to request auto repair in Mountain View give our team a call at (650) 487-2240 today.

Please also see our articles entitled “Why Won’t My Car Start?” and “Why is the Check Engine Light On?“.