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“My Car Won’t Start”

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You're on your way to work only to notice the engine won't turn over. There's nothing more frustrating than being in a rush and finding your car completely dead. For most people, driving is so routine; it's like you're on auto-pilot. You never realize how important your vehicle is until it stops working. Several different reasons can leave your car inoperable. Below are four of the most common reasons your car won't start. 

The Battery Died
One of the most common reasons an engine won't turn over is because the battery is dead. The battery provides electrical power not only to the electrical components but to the entire car. Driving allows your battery to charge sufficiently. If you've been self-isolating and haven't used your vehicle in a while, the lack of use could be the issue. Batteries are meant to last several years, but if you have left your headlights on or have any loose wires, it's time to consider a replacement. 

The Fuel Filter is Clogged
The fuel filters are essential because it prevents pollutants from entering the gas. Over time the filter will become dirty and need to be changed. If you neglect to swap the fuel filter, an adequate amount of gasoline will not reach the engine. Fuel filters should be regularly changed once a year, at the very least depending on your driving habits. Check your vehicle's owner's manual for recommendations for your specific vehicle model. 

Faulty Ignition Switch
If you aren't sure whether the battery or the ignition switch is the culprit, try turning on your headlights. If your headlights come on, but your vehicle doesn't start, you may have a faulty ignition switch. The battery supplies the electricity for your headlights; if the headlights are working, the battery should be working. 

The Starter is Broken
Sometimes the issue isn't always associated with the ignition switch; in some cases, the start could be broken. The starter puts significant engine components such as the crankshaft and pistons into motion. If the starter isn't working, the engine will struggle to crank on or won't crank on at all. If you keep trying to start your car only to notice low clicking, the starter may need to be inspected. 

If your vehicle isn't starting and you need some assistance, reach out to LexBrodies in Honolulu, Hi, to properly inspect and diagnose your vehicle. Are you crunched on time? Give one of our five locations for a call for assistance, or click here to schedule an appointment with our next available expert ASE Certified technician nearest you.


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