Your car is one of your biggest investment, so it can be frustrating when it fails to start – especially if you’re on your way to work or to run an important errand. LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair understands that no one wants a dead car to interrupt their life, so we’ve laid out some problems to check for when your car fails to start:
- The Fuel Filter is Clogged
Your car’s fuel filter is responsible for keeping your fuel lines clear by blocking out dirt and other debris. However, the accumulation of this grime can lead to a clogged fuel filter – and a dead car. When this happens, the fuel filter must be changed, a process that varies depending on your vehicle. Check the owner’s manual to see where your vehicle’s fuel filter is located, and the steps required to replace it. An easier way to avoid a clogged fuel filter is to bring your car in regularly to have it inspected by a professional. An experienced auto care center, such as LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair, will be able to alert you of any fuel filter issues during these inspections.
- Your Battery is Dead
A dead battery is the most common reason behind a car failing to start, especially after a long, cold winter. When you try to start your car and don’t see any lights or hear any of your car’s usual “dings,” then it’s a good indicator that a dead battery is the culprit behind your car failing to start. Use jumper cables to give your car some power, and immediately drive to your nearest auto parts store to get a new battery.
- Your Starter is Broken
If you hear a clicking noise when you turn the key, it may mean that the starter is broken. Since the starter plays in important role in getting the engine to run, a broken one can easily cause your car to not start. Sometimes, using jumper cables can fix this problem, but it does not always work and is only a temporary solution. The only way to completely fix the problem is by having your starter repaired or replaced.
- Your Ignition Switch is Malfunctioning
The ignition switch in your vehicle is essentially how your car knows to start the engine. If this switch is malfunctioning, your engine won’t get the signal that it’s time to start the engine, leaving you with a car that won’t start. Because replacing the ignition switch is a complex process, it is best to have a professional address this problem.
There are few things more irritating than a car that refuses to start. While there are quick fixes to the problems listed above, it’s best to have your vehicle looked at by the professionals at LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair. Our Spring, Texas auto center will have your car running like new in no time. Give us a call at (281) 651-7766.