What to do when your car won’t start?
If your car won’t start when you turn the ignition key don’t panic. There are different ways to troubleshoot and find a solution. These tips are simple and can be done by anyone. However, I should state here that if you are not comfortable with investigating the fault, please call a mechanic. For those curious people who would like to try some DIY tips, let’s go ahead.
Check your battery
One of the major reasons a car won’t start is a weak battery. If you service your car regularly, the mechanic may be able to spot signs that indicate your battery is getting weak. This way you can avoid getting stranded. Many batteries have an indicator that shows the battery strength. Another way to confirm if your battery is weak is by pressing the horn (it will not sound normal if the battery is weak). If your car battery is weak, you may need a replacement or jumpstart the engine, but if the indicators show that there is no problem with the battery then read the next tip.
Check the battery terminals
It is possible there may be a loss of contact at the battery terminals. You may notice some dirt on the terminals. If this is the case, there is a quick fix. Find a spanner or a large screwdriver and tap on the battery terminals. This action will dislodge most of the dirt and increase the chances of better contact (please note, if this works, you need to visit a mechanic to have your battery terminals cleaned).
Maybe your car security system has been activated
If your batteries look good, then you should check the security system (if there is one installed). It is possible your ignition system has been demobilised. You can easily sort out this issue by deactivating the system. Turn the car key again, did the engine start?
Have a look at the fuse box
If you can find the relay switch that controls the fuel pump, look closely at it, notice any damage? A bad or dislodged relay switch that controls the fuel pump may cause your car starting system to fail.
If this happens during winter, it is possible the fuel supply line in your car is frozen.
These are the most common reasons your car won’t start and the simple tips to fix the problem. However, if they don’t work, you will need to call a car mechanic to run a proper check.