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Top Reasons for Why Your Car Won't Start

Last updated 4 years ago

One of the most common troubles that drivers have is not being able to start their vehicle. Problems ranging from a dead battery to a broken belt can prevent a vehicle from starting. To learn more about the different reasons why a vehicle can have problems starting, read the following article.

Broken Battery

An unclean, corroded, or depleted battery will prevent a vehicle from starting. If you turn the key and the lights dim while the engine turns slowly but doesn’t start, then your car could have a faulty battery that needs to be cleaned or replaced. A dead battery, on the other hand, is marked by an absence of light in the cabin and absolutely no sound coming from the engine.

Starter Problems

Do you hear clicking noises after you turn the key? If so, the starter motor probably needs to be fixed or replaced. Other problems that can create a clicking sound include a weak or corroded battery.

Worn Ignition Switch

When you turn the car keys and the radio and lights work but you don’t hear any signs from the engine, a bad ignition switch might be to blame. Other possible reasons for this problem include a solenoid or wiring issue. Bring your vehicle to a mechanic to make sure that all connections are tight and functioning properly.

Problematic Distributer Cap

In wet climates like Atlanta, the distributor cap is a common reason behind vehicle starter problems. A trained technician can safely remove your distributer cap and make sure that there is no moisture inside. Even a trace amount of water can prevent your vehicle from starting.

To find out what is preventing your vehicle from starting, come to Dekalb Tire. Since 1965, our family owned tire repair and automotive shop has been serving people all over the Atlanta area. Call us at (404) 252-9895 for more information about starting problems. Check out our website to see our locations in the Atlanta metro area.


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