It can be very frustrating, especially on a workday, when your you experience car starting problems. It can make you late for work and ruin your day. There are many different potential causes of car starting problems from mechanical to environmental. If you happen to experience a problem, the following are some tips to help you find the cause of your car starting problems.
Tip 1 –Batteries
If you do not hear your car cranking when you turn on the ignition, the battery or the starter system of your car could be at fault. If the car battery is dead or discharged, it will not start up. This could happen if youleft the headlights on overnight. Listen carefully when you try to start up – you will hear a clicking noise which means that there is not enough power to start the engine. You can check whether the battery is discharged by turning only the ignition on and switching on the windshield wipers. Do not turn on the engine. If the windshield wipers move, but slower than they normally do, then the battery has probably been drained. This could also occur if it has been 3 or 4 years since you last changed your battery.
Tip 2 –Power Missing
If, when you switch on the ignition, the “Check engine’” light does not come on, it could mean that there is no power being transmitted to the engine computer. The cause of this problem could be a burnt fuse, a broken wire or a faulty relay.
Tip 3 –Connectivity
If you have tried to jump start the car already but nothing happened, the problem could be with electrical connectivity issues. You might have either accidently connected the wires from the other car to your own car batteries the wrong way. This could have damaged the engine or any other part.
Tip 4 –Overheating
If your car’s engine overheats and doesn’t start even later when it cools down, then the problem could be a severe fault with the engine. Even if, by any chance, you do manage to restart the vehicle, the overheating problem will make it splutter again. It is better to get the car to a certified mechanic as soon as possible.
Tip 5 –Spark Plugs
If your car went over a huge puddle of water and then died out, then it could be that the ignition wires were short circuited by the water. If this happens, it is suggested that you switch the ignition off and check the spark plug wires under the hood. You could also check the distributor and the spark plug caps to see if they are wet. If they are, drying them with a clean rag will help, before starting the engine again.