Friday, 24 June 2016

6 Reasons Why You Can't Start Your Engine

Have you ever imagined what would happen, if one fine morning your car engine does not start? And you have to reach your workplace within 15 mins, and there is no way of doing it without your car! Though you can book a cab, the cab may take up your 15 mins just to arrive at your doorstep. Now, if you have left your lights, radio or some other electrical parts switched on, then you very well know the reason why your car is not starting. Yes! The battery is dead, and all you need in that situation is a rescue car, whose battery you can use to jumpstart your car. And, obviously you need the jumper cable. While using the jumper cable, we should always be careful that, the battery of the car is not leaking acid or cracked. But, there may be other reasons that your car isn’t starting.

Cars may have different set of characteristics and sometimes it may be hard to detect the reason for why your car engine is not starting. Some common circumstances, where your car would not start and the remedies that you can try to make your car run again.

When you turn the ignition, the car remains silent- The first thing which we must check in these case, is the battery terminal. If the battery terminal looks rusted, then forcing the connector and terminal post, together, with the screwdriver and then twisting and lodging it firmly may start the car. If this process starts the car, maybe there is a need to replace the cables. Cleaning the cable regularly may also avoid this type of problems. Battery, like every other thing, is subject to wear and tear, and hence should regularly be kept in check. Precautions such as, Disconnecting the battery whenever working on it, and not working with a cigarette in mouth, or keeping any flammable articles near to the battery when working.

The car makes a ticking noise and then won’t start- The tick or click sound while starting the engine, may indicate a dead battery. If you are sure, that your battery is not dead, then check the cables going in and out of the starter. These problems indicate either a dead battery that is the battery ran out of juice or the problem may be in the starter. The starter is a small electrical motor, that draws the necessary current for starting the engine from the battery and hence starts the engine. Sometimes it can be the connection, but at other times, you may need to replace the starter. Jump starting the battery may or may not work for the starter.

The car activates but it would not start- The battery is powering on, but the car is not starting. This problem happens when the engine is not getting the fuel supply and hence can’t start. The first thing you need to do, in this case, is check the fuel supply to the engine. If your car can’t pump gas, to fuel the engine, it would not start. This problem can happen due to the wear and tear in the fuel lines. The pressure, which helps the car pump gas, may lack due to the wear and tear of the fuel lines. If there is a blockage in fuel lines, then also these problems may occur. The primary reason for the damage of the fuel pump and its subsidiaries, can be, running the car on dry fuel tank. Running the car on dry fuel tank, may age the fuel pump very fast. Denial of timely maintenance, such as changing the fuel filter every 2 years, may also lead to premature failure of fuel pump. The symptoms that your fuel pump failing is, jerking at high speed, low mileage rate.

The Spark Plug Failure- You have checked the battery, the starter and the fuel lines too, but still your car is not starting. The problem can be in the spark plugs. Starting of the engine depends on another factor, the spark plugs. Let’s say, the car has pumped the gas to fuel the engine, the next important thing is to ignite the compressed fuel mixture. The compressed fuel mixture is ignited by the spark plugs. Most of the times, due to the constant ignition with the fuel mixture, the spark plugs get dirty, and malfunction. Sometimes, it also gets overheated, due to the high ignition temperature. Mechanical damage is also very common in spark plugs, due to the constant wear and tear. Fortunately, spark plugs are easy to replace and inexpensive. But, most of the problems of spark plug can actually be solved by just cleaning the plug with a dry cloth.

Weather Conditions- Sometimes, weather conditions also affect the performance of the car and even can stop the car from starting. If the car isn’t starting in a rainy day, then the possible chances are dampness. If there is moisture under the distributor cap, then the only remedy is to clear the moisture. You can buy a mechanic’s solvent from a service station, which they use to clean car parts. Buying a canned aerosol also works. Now, carefully, turn the distributor cap upside down, and pour some solvent or aerosol in it, and then pouring it out. After pouring the solution out, clean the distributor cap with a clean dry rug. This may solve the problem of dampening. The car can also not start on cold mornings, for the simple reason of cold engine, and the spark plug cannot ignite it.

Human Errors- Human errors may also be a dominating factor when your engines don’t start. Sometimes, in the busiest moment, our minds become dull, and we make mistakes which we will not make in normal circumstances. Like, maybe when we are busy, we forget to put gas in the car. Silly things like this, can also make the car not start in the busiest moment.

There may be other reasons as to why, your car is not starting, but these 6 reasons can be predominant as to why your car engine isn’t starting. These problems can easily be solved, with no expenditure or minimum expenditure. Happy Driving!