Though it's something we hope you never experience, there's no worse feeling than when you try to start your car and it won't fire up. Whether it's struggling to start up or the engine won't turn over all, it's time to seek professional help from a mechanic that can diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs. Sometimes it's a simple part that needs to be replaced. Other times, it's something more significant.
Here are some of the most common reasons why a car won't start, according to the Colorado Springs auto repair experts at LightHouse Automotive:
1. Starter/Ignition System
There are different types of ignition and starter systems found in vehicles made throughout the years, and each has different components that can fail. Problems to look for may be a failing ignition switch, starter motor, ignition coil, distributor cap or spark plugs. There could also be a wiring issue.
2. Car Battery
Of course if the car battery is dead or dying, you will have trouble starting the vehicle. The battery may need to be recharged or replaced, or perhaps one of the connections is corroded.
3. Fuel System
The fuel system can be another reason the engine won't start. The fuel filter may be clogged or one of the fuel lines could be damaged. Of course, it should also go without saying that the car won't start if you are out of gas!
4. Timing Belt
If the timing belt is damaged, frayed or slipping, you will likely have trouble getting the engine to start. This will be one of the first things that a mechanic will look at.
Your alternator recirculates power from the engine to keep the battery charged. If the alternator is damaged or one of its belts is damaged or loose, the battery will drain and, eventually, you won't be able to start the car.
6. Anti-Theft System
The newer the car, the more advanced its anti-theft features will be. Push-button starters require the key fob to be within a certain vicinity. Then, there are wheel lock systems that may prevent you from turning the key in the ignition. If the security system is preventing you from starting your own car, then you will definitely want to get the vehicle looked at by a professional. The issue is sometimes more technological than mechanical.
7. Engine Damage
Last but certainly not least, there may be some other damage within your engine that it preventing it from firing up or making it run abnormally. You never want to take any engine problems lightly, so get your vehicle checked out at a local auto repair shop as soon as possible.
These are some of the most common reasons why your car won't start or why the engine is struggling to start. If you are in Colorado Springs and having trouble getting your vehicle fired up in the morning, call LightHouse Automotive today at (719) 465-0302 or schedule your service appointment online. Our knowledgeable automotive technicians will get to the source of the problem and recommend the necessary repairs.