What is a car not starting inspection?
Not all non-starting cars fail to start in the same way. The simplest cause of failure to start is a drained battery. If you turn the key (or press the start button) and nothing happens, start by finding a friend or a good Samaritan who can help you jump start the car.
If a pal with jumper cables can’t do the trick, you’ll need to take the car to a mechanic for an inspection. The mechanic will examine your car’s starter and ignition switch, fuel pump, spark plugs, timing belt, and other engine components to identify the specific cause of your car’s failure to start.
Below are a few possible culprits that your inspection will cover.
If nothing happens when you turn the key
- The starter could be dead. When a starter goes, the car won’t make a sound when you try to start it.
- There could be an issue with the ignition’s wiring or a faulty ignition switch.
If the engine turns but the car doesn’t start
- The fuel pump may need fixing. If the fuel pump does not deliver fuel to the engine, the car will not go.
- Spark plugs that do not ignite the fuel charge in each cylinder will all so cause the engine not to start. Spark plugs are a common car part that needs to be replaced.
- The ignition coil also needs to be functioning correctly. The ignition coil is responsible for starting the spark that gets the engine running.
- A stretched or broken timing belt will stop your car in its tracks. If this happens, do not keep trying to start the engine—continuing to do so will likely result in major engine damage.
- Malfunctioning cam or crank sensors will deliver incorrect information to the ignition system—or no data at all. If this is the case, the engine cannot fire as it should.
How to get a car is not starting inspection
After you’ve determined that the culprit is not just a dead battery in need of a jump start, the next step is to contact a mechanic. If your car will not start, you may need a tow truck to get you to a mechanic.
The mechanic will check the charging system, ignition column, and fuel system (fuel pump, spark plugs, ignition coil, timing belt, and sensors) in order to diagnose the problem.
How important is it to get an inspection if your car is not starting?
If the reason for your car not starting is anything other than a straightforward battery charge, fixing it is unavoidable. Not only will you not be able to drive your car until it’s repaired, you could also make things worse if you try to force your car to start by repeatedly firing up the ignition.
Tips when your car is not starting
Do your research
Replacement parts for the ignition system or fuel system have a very wide cost range depending on the year, make, and model of your vehicle.
When you receive a mechanic’s diagnosis, run a few online searches to get an idea of what an appropriate quote for parts and service will be so that you’re financially prepared.
Double-check your warranty
If you purchased your car from a dealership, make sure you know exactly how long your car is under warranty. As long as the warranty has not expired, any necessary repairs can be made free of charge.
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