There are few
things more frustrating than going out to your car, only to find
that it won't start. There are a number of things that could be
Dead Battery Perhaps
the most common reason for cars not starting. If you turn your key
but hear only a rapid clicking sound, it is likely that you have a
dead battery and will need a jump (see below).
Terminals If, when you turn the key, absolutely
nothing happens, then pop the hood and take a look at your battery
terminals. If they are covered in corrosion, there is a good chance
that a thorough cleaning of the posts will get your car started back
Car won't turn over If your
engine cranks but won't start, it could be one of two things.
Either you need more fuel, or, if you have enough gas, then you
might need service done on you fuel injectors or ignition system to get them working
Arrange for your vehicle to be towed to
our shop for diagnosis and we can figure out why it's not
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repair and service for many years. We were established to
provide honest, dependable auto service and repair at a fair price.
We continue to make the investment in training and equipment to stay
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possible service when you come see us.
How to check the battery
A discharged or dead battery is one of the
possible reasons for a car not to start. Sometimes we just forget to turn
off the dome light or something else, or it could be some faulty component
of the vehicle electrical system that drains the battery down. Sometimes,
if the battery is old, it could just die one day, even if the day before
it was OK. In either case, if the battery is low on charge, it won't have
enough power to turn over the engine: you may hear some clicking noise or
the starter may turn very slow when attempting to start the engine.
Here is a simple way to check if the battery is discharged:
Turn the ignition on. Without starting the engine, turn the windshield
wipers on. If they move very slow, much slower than usual, the battery is
probably low on charge.
To safely jump start, follow these steps:
1. Take out your jumper cables.
It's a good idea to buy a set of jumper cables and keep them in the
trunk compartment. If you don't have jumper cables, you'll have to
find a Good Samaritan who not only is willing to assist you but has
jumper cables as well.
2. Place both cars in Park or Neutral, with their ignitions
shut off and their emergency brakes on.
3. Connect the cables.
The positive cable has red clips (+) at either end, and the negative
cable has black clips (-). It's important to attach them in the
A. First, attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal
of your battery (it has "POS" or "+" on it.
B. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the Good
C. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the
Good Samaritan's battery.
D. Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your
car that isn't near the carburetor (if your car has one) or battery.
Figure 1 shows how both the positive and negative cables should be
Figure 1: Make sure to connect jumper cables in the proper order.
5. Try to start your vehicle (Do not have the Good Samaritan's car
running. If your car has electrical issues it could damage their car
If it won't start, make sure that the cables are properly connected. Then try to
start your car again. If it still won't start, your battery may be
6. Disconnect the cables, thank the Good Samaritan, and resume your
Don't shut off your engine; drive around for a while to recharge
Improper Connection of Cables can damage either or both vehicles
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