What are the top 6 reasons why my vehicle isn’t starting?

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips & Tricks on Monday, September 24th, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Is your car not starting? Don’t panic yet. Here are the top 6 reasons why your vehicle won’t start.

If your car doesn’t crank

Dead battery: lights won’t turn on, nothing happens when you turn the key

Broken ignition switch: if everything else turns on except for the car engine (that means your battery is fine, since the lights turn on)

Broken starter: can be confused with the ignition switch or a dead battery, though you’ll commonly hear a click if the starter is the culprit

If your car cranks but doesn’t start

Bad spark plug: if your car isn’t as responsive or fuel efficient as you remember it being, you may have a bad spark plug. Without it, your engine can’t start.

Empty gas tank: can you remember the last time you filled up your tank? If it’s been a while, there might be no gas in the tank.

Fuel filter: many fuel filters actually need to be replaced every 10,000-15,000 miles. If it isn’t, then the gas in the tank won’t be able to reach the engine.

Read More: 5 tips to help your car run smoothly this season

Other reasons

Wheel lock: if you put the key into the ignition, but it won’t turn, try jiggling the wheel a bit. Many vehicles have an anti-theft feature that locks the wheel when you take out the key.

Vehicle services near Fort Worth, TX

Businessman pushing his car in parking lotHopefully, this has given you a few ideas on why your vehicle isn’t starting. Many of these things can be avoided by remembering to take your car in for regular maintenance, and by not ignoring problems that pop up. Of course, we know that sometimes things just happen and it’s difficult to avoid, so if you have any vehicle problems, feel free to contact us here at Moritz Kia. We will be happy to help you figure out what’s wrong and fix the problem. You can schedule vehicle maintenance on our website, show up in person, or call us.

For other tips and tricks about taking care of your car, be sure to check out our blog. We have some great learning opportunities!

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