start-83084_640You can have a bad day when your car refuses to start. While a quick fix often does the trick, if this happens more often than usual, your car needs serious attention. The first thing you need to check when your car won’t start is your battery. A dead battery can deter your car from turning on and you need a battery tester if you need a new battery. If you are not driving your car regularly, the battery can wear down because it does not have enough juice to start. There are several reasons for excessive parasitic drain including leaving your headlights on while your car is off.  If you still cannot get your car to start after replacing its battery, it is time to dig deeper into the problem starting with determining the symptoms.

Check these symptoms when your car refuses to start:

•    If your car is making a clicking noise, but won’t start, a dead battery might be the problem. You may also have to check out the wiring to and from the starter for you to find out if there is any loose connection.

•    Is it still silent in spite of turning the ignition? Check the status of the terminal cable connections, which can be found on the battery. If cables are corroded, your option can either be cleaning or replacing the cables.

•    If your car is not starting in the rain, check inside the distributor cap for you to know if there is dampness. If you do not know where this is, you may need to check your car’s manual for its exact location. You need to evaporate dampness in the distributor cap by turning the cap upside down and spraying solvent into it. Use lint-free rag when cleaning the cap and make sure it is completely dry.

•    If the engine starts but suddenly dies, this can be a problem with your caburetor adjustment and your choke. You need to check if the choke is closing first and then opening. You may need professional help to fix this problem.

Reasons A Car Owner Might Overlook

•    Security system error. If your car keys are programmed or coded, chances are your programming may be buggy causing the security system to get confused. The key you are using must be properly coded to your vehicle because even those with smart keys can still encounter issues.

•    Misadjusted or broken clutch switch. When the lights do not dim or flicker when you start the vehicle and turn the key, it can be an issue with neutral or ignition switch, wiring or relay starter. It is important that the cars need to be in park. The clutch also needs to be depressed so you can get it to start. Another issue you need to pay attention to is the car’s switch. If it is not in the right position, the car won’t start.

•    Vehicle out of gas. The engine turns over when it has a spark, compression and fuel. The engine has the tendency to crank if the gas tank is dry causing you to have difficulties starting the car. Avoid running your car to empty because it can take a toll on your fuel filter or fuel pump.