Staying home has been a huge part of staying safe during the fight against COVID. Carefully planning trips for essential goods to prevent exposure as much as possible have become a way of life. But what happens when the time comes for a supply run and your car doesn't start? Letting a vehicle sit for too long can often lead to it not starting when you need it to. Let's go over a few reasons your car may not start and what can be done to correct these issues.
So why won't my car start?
- Many newer cars have more than just one computer keeping an eye on things. Though these typically won't drain a battery if left for a couple of weeks, there's always a chance that a parasitic draw can be eating away at your cars battery life. If you turn the key to start your vehicle and you notice the lights on the dash dim, the car turns over very slowly or doesn't even try to turn over at all, you may need a new battery. Corrosion on your battery terminals or a faulty ground wire can also cause similar symptoms.
- Another common reason for a lack of reaction when turning the key is a faulty starter. A starter is a small machine that uses force to begin turning the engine over when power is provided. But like all moving parts, sometimes things can get stuck. When a starter fails, it effectively jams and isn't able to turn the engine, which is required to start your vehicle. If you hear a loud click, or even a grinding/screeching noise when turning the key, you may have a faulty starter.
- Over the years, a lot of time and money has gone into making sure the fuel you purchase at your local gas station is decent quality and free of contaminants. However, sometimes less expensive options or damaged components on your vehicle can significantly lower fuel quality. A weak fuel pump may allow condensation into your fuel tank, or air into your fuel lines; both of which can cause a vehicle to not start. If left for too long, lower quality fuel can sometimes thicken into a gel as well. Since the fuel has to move through thin lines from the tank to the engine, this can definitely cause a vehicle to not start.
So what can I do?
Though some of these issues seem like an easy fix, even something as simple sounding as swapping a battery can cause major damage if done incorrectly. It's always best to have a certified technician inspect a vehicle that won't start to determine the best course of action. At FixMyCar, we can have a certified technician come to your home and get your car back on the road while making sure you and your family are safe. We have taken several precautions to prevent the spread of germs while making sure your vehicle stays healthy too.