It’s never convenient when your car won’t start. Because not only do you need to get somewhere usually, but now your “get somewhere” is going to soon be the automotive shop, which can be costly and again, inconvenient. To truly know what’s wrong with your vehicle, you’ll want to bring it into Crumpler’s Automotive and get it checked out by one of our mechanics. But we wanted to compile a list of some of the top reasons your vehicle may not be able to start, so that you can be better educated if it happens to you.
Fuel Pump Failure or Restriction
One of the most common no-start issues is the failure of the in-tank electric fuel pump. This is generally due to lack of scheduled maintenance, because the fuel filter has to be changed at proper intervals. If it’s not changed, it tends to clog and not allow fuel to move through. The fuel pump can also fail if the fuel level is below a quarter of a tank for an extended period, or if you run out of gas, of course. If the fuel pump runs dry it can ruin the pump.
Timing Belt Failure or Timing Belt Tensioner Failure
Timing belts should last 40,000-60,000 miles by design. If the timing belt isn’t changed before it breaks, it can cause extensive damage within the engine in some vehicles. It’s a good rule to have the timing belt changed just before the recommended interval and at the same time check the tensioner. Replace that as well if it’s in question at the same time, as this is a common failure as well.
This is a failure in your vehicle’s computer. Unfortunately, computer failure does happen from time-to-time with automobiles. There are tests that can detect these issues quickly.
Batteries, Cables, and/or Clamps
Neglected and corroded batteries can cause a vehicle not to start. This can easily be avoided by regular maintenance as well.
There are many start-up issues caused by voltage variations. Even minor variations can cause issues in the computerized controls in most cars. This is diagnosed with a load test that will show if your vehicle performs to certain standards.
Alternators: used to charge the battery. If it doesn’t work, your battery usually doesn’t either.
Cam Sensors: Sensors tell your computer when your cam is in rotation. This helps determine spark timing and fuel delivery. If they are bad, your car won’t run well or at all.
Vehicle out of fuel due to inaccurate gauges.
Engine locked due to lack of oil.
Plugged exhaust system.
If your car won’t start, it could be for one of the above reasons. Call us and we’ll be happy get it working again. We can even come and pick it up so that we can get you back on the road as quickly as possible. Call us at (910) 483-2958
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