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Why Won’t My Car Start?

Are you have trouble getting your car started? If so, you are no doubt deeply frustrated. There are few things more annoying than a car that won’t start. To make matters even more challenging, diagnosing the problem can be extremely difficult. There are hundreds of reasons why a car might not start.

At Elite RV & Car Care, our top-rated auto mechanics have seen virtually every type of car problem imaginable. We have the skills and experience needed to get your vehicle running again. To help you figure out what is going on, we have put together a brief guide that highlights some of the most common reasons why vehicles won’t start.

Does the Engine Crank?

To diagnose the problem with your specific vehicle, you first need to figure which category you fit into. As a general rule, non-starting cars fit into one of two categories:

  1. The engine will not crank or it barely cranks; or
  2. The engine does crank but the car will not actually run.

No Engine Crank or a Very Low Engine Crank

Dead battery: By far, dead batteries are a leading reason for why a car won’t start. A car battery can die for many different reasons; you may have left the lights on, or it may simply be defective. With this problem, a jump start can usually get you going. Though, you may need to have your battery checked out or replaced, especially if you are not sure why the battery suddenly went dead.
Failed alternator: Simply put, your car’s alternator is the electrical generating system that helps to keep your battery charged. If your alternator is bad, your battery may be fine, but it might not charge.
Bad starter: With a bad starter, you may hear a very weak engine cranking. You might also hear an unpleasant grinding sound. If you have this type of problem, you need to get the starter replaced.

The Engine Cranks, But the Car Doesn’t Run

No gas: As overly simplistic as it sounds, the problem with your car might be that you have no gas. There are cases in which people get flustered by their vehicle not starting and forget to check the gas.
Defective fuel pump: Of course, for your vehicle to run, the fuel needs to get from the gas tank to the engine. If you have a malfunctioning fuel pump, a problem may be blocking or otherwise preventing gas flow.
Bad spark plugs: Less common than they used to be, spark plug problems can also keep a car from starting. If it has been awhile since your spark plugs were changed, that may be the source of your problem.

Contact Our Humble, TX Mechanics Today

At Elite RV & Car Care, we can help you get your vehicle running again. To schedule your appointment, please give us a call today at (281) 812-3085 or reach out to us throughout our online contact form. From our auto shop in Humble, we are proud to serve car owners throughout Harris County, including in Atascocita and Kingwood.

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