A jump start is one of the solutions when the car won’t start. This is a challenge that you might experience once in your car’s life cycle. Common car electrical system problems are a major contributor to this issue. Especially when the car won’t start a number of times within short mileages.
There are a number of signs that will point you to the problem when your car won’t start. By conducting a bunch of tests, you can be able to determine the origin of the issue. The issue could be originating from the battery or from other areas of the car.
1. Faulty alternator.
The alternator is responsible for supplying the car’s electronics with electric current when the engine is running. Further, it also recharges the car’s battery to ensure that it doesn’t run out of juice. When the alternator is faulty, the battery’s charge is used up and this prevents the car from starting.
Because the battery is responsible for supplying the spark plug with electric current when the engine is starting. Afterwards, the alternator takes over and recharges the battery. This is to compensate the battery’s charge that was involved in starting the engine.
2. Dead battery.
A dead battery is one of the most common reasons why the car won’t start. In fact it is the first place someone checks when such an issue arises. There are a number of things that can go wrong with the car’s battery. For example, the battery terminals may be corroded or poorly connected. Further, it might be the battery has reached the expiry dates and its old age is not allowing proper functionality. In such cases, a replacement is your best option.
3. Empty fuel tank.
In order for the car to be able to start, there has to be sufficient amounts of fuel in the engine. In case the car’s fuel runs low when you’re driving, there is a possibility of being stranded. Make sure that you refill your fuel tank when the low fuel dashboard warning light comes up. This will save you from being stranded and delays that come about because the car refuses to start.
4. Broken starter.
Due to advancement in technology, the car’s manufacturers have diversified how different cars get started. So if your car uses a key, there will normally be a clicking sound when you try to turn the key in the ignition cylinder.
5. Steering wheel is locked.
When the steering wheel locks, there may be a problem starting the car. Put the key in ignition and turn the steering gently. Avoid using too much force because this may cause damage to the steering wheel assembly.