How to Troubleshoot a Car That Won’t Start
Did you know that there are other hidden reasons why your car won’t start besides just leaving your lights, radio, and other electrical stuff on after parking? Did you also know that you could troubleshoot and fix several of these issues yourself at no cost? Today, We are going to discuss how to troubleshoot a car that won’t start, how to fix your car in emergencies and how car jump-starting works.
Diagnosing the symptoms
We are going to identify the most common situations or circumstances that get your car not to start and what you can do to remedy the situation.
- Clicking Noise or Sound. In most cases, this clicking noise means your battery is Dead but might not always be the case. So don’t lose hope.
Action: This sound usually means a dead battery. If not, check the wiring from the starter to make sure there is no loose connection to fix the problem.
- No sound when you turn the key in the ignition.
Action: Check the battery terminals and cable connections. Check if they look corroded. If they look corroded, force the tip of a screwdriver between the connectors and the terminals., then Post and twist it to tighten it firmly.
Go back to your dashboard and try to start the engine again. You may need to clean your cables if it starts.
- The engine knocks or pings.
Action: Check your owner’s manual to be sure if the car needs regular unleaded or premium gasoline. Check the cooling system and do a compression check on the engine cylinders.
- Engine starts and Goes down.
Action: Check your carburetor and Choke to see whether the choke is first closing and then opening if your car has a Carburetor. You will need a professional to help or fix the problem if you have fuel injection.
- The car won’t start on rainy days.
Action: Check inside the distributor cap for dampness and moisture. Buy mechanic’s solvent or aerosol from an auto supply store. To ensure that any dampness inside the distributor cap is completely evaporated, turn the cap upside down, spray the solvent inside it and turn it down to pour it out. Dry and wipe the cap with a clean, lint-free rag. Replace the cap after cleaning.
- Cranks over but won’t start.
Action: Check your engine fuel supply. Go ahead to check whether the electrical spark is getting to your spark plugs.
- Engine hesitates during acceleration.
Action: Check your accelerator pump in the carburetor, the spark plugs, the timing and the distributor
How to Jump-start your car
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The procedure below will ensure a safe car jump-start:
1. Get your hands on your jumper cables (buy or borrow one if you don’t have. Ask someone to donate his car for this purpose (a good car)
2. Place your Gear in Park or Neutral mode or level.
Have your emergency brakes on and shut down the engines and ignitions of both cars
Remove battery caps if they’re not sealed then
4. Connect the cables:
The positive cable with red clips at either end
The negative cable with black clips.
Firstly, Attach one of the red clips to your car’s (Dead Car) positive terminal Normally with a POS + sign or bigger than the negative.
- Secondly, Attach red clip 2 to the positive terminal of a fully functioning battery (a good Car).
- Attach black clip 1 to the negative terminal of a fully functioning battery (a good Car).
- Lastly, Attach black clip 2 to a metal surface (not painted) on your car (dead Car) far from carburetor (if your car has a carburetor) or car battery.
5. Start the Engine of the good car after making sure all connections are done right and wait for two to three minutes to charge the battery of the dead car.
6. Disconnect the cables, Start your Engine and keep it running to make sure your battery is fully charged.
7. You just saved your day
Note: Have a professional check your car to make sure your alternator is not faulty if your alternator light stays on or your battery goes dead again.