A few things to check if your car won’t start…

Check your gas … yep, it happens.  You made it to your last stop with the intent to make your next stop at the gas pump, but the car wouldn’t start.  Always make sure your gauges are working properly.  And when you low fuel light comes on … make it a point to fill up your tank soon.

Usually the first thing we check is the battery.  It’s your car’s primary electrical power source.  Batteries expire, and eventually just go bad.  Sometimes accessories or lights get left on cause the battery to slow drain.  And sometimes it’s an easy fix with a jump from a neighbor. Or just replace the battery.  If this happens multiple times, it’s probably time for a new battery.

Starters can also go bad for any number of reasons.   We typically listen for a loud “clicking” sound.  If you hear that sound when you turn the key, then the starter is trying to turn.  We would still like to double check it for you.

The ignition switch also can be a possibility.  We can usually eliminate this possibility by simply turning on the headlights.  If they turn on, it’s definitely not the battery.  That would be an indicator that it may be that the switch needs to be replaced.

Another issue is a clogged fuel filter.  If gas can’t pass thru the filter then your car simply can’t start.  If you’ve run out of gas recently, it’s possible that fine debris is clogging the filter, and time for it to be changed as well. It may not be obvious that this is the issue, and since every vehicle is different, diagnosing this problem varies from car to car.

Regardless of the reason, you need your car to be dependable and get your from point A to point B reliably.  That’s where we come in… we’re here to do regular maintenance on your car’s systems to keep you on the road.  Regular maintenance will help you avoid costly delays in getting where you need to go, or worse, costly repairs for problems that could have been avoided.

For local folks, we are pick-up and drop off on a case by case basis, and we have a loaner vehicle so you can carry on with your day while we repair your car.

Give us a call today to schedule a maintenance check.