7 Common Reasons Your Car Won’t Start

June 4, 2018

It’s a beautiful morning, you’re preparing to go to work, you stick your key in the ignition, only to turn it…and nothing happens. Quite an uncomfortable and annoying situation.

You can feel the anxiety and annoyance start to build as you run through all the next steps you have from figuring out how to get to where you were going as well as how to get your vehicle fixed. First things first, let’s determine what the issue could be.

Read on to learn all about the different reasons your car might not be starting.

Reasons Your Car Won't Start

1. Dead Battery

A dead battery is usually the number one reason your car won’t start. You probably know how to jumpstart a dead battery so if this works, it means your battery is dying and needs to be replaced. If a jumpstart doesn’t work, something else is wrong.

2. Empty Gas Tank

It happens! This is why we never recommend driving your car until the last possible mile. An empty gas tank not only means you have to head out on foot but it could also cause damage to your vehicle’s fuel pump which relies on gas for lubrication.

3. Broken Starter

Without a properly working starter, you may hear a clicking sound when you turn the key in the ignition. This means that the mechanisms used to create force in order to start the engine aren’t working properly.

4. Ignition Switch

If your car won’t start, but your headlights work, the problem might be with your ignition switch. This is what turns over the engine and completes the process of starting your car.

5. Spark Plugs

How old is your car? After 100,000 miles, you need to replace all of your spark plugs. If you never did that, it’s likely your spark plugs have failed and your secondary ignition system is the culprit.

6. Failed Fuel Pump

Your vehicle’s fuel pump is what brings the fuel from the fuel tank into your engine. If the fuel pump has gone bad this will mean no fuel, which means the engine won’t start.

7. Failed Alternator

Your battery won’t charge if the alternator isn’t working correctly. This means that over time the battery will eventually die. However, when an alternator fails, your check engine light should show. It’s possible your alternator is not working at full capacity, as the light would not show and it would be impossible to tell there is a problem until it’s too late.


Unsure why your car isn’t starting? Bring your vehicle to Choisser Import Auto Services today to discover the cause! Here at Choisser, we know your car is a huge investment that requires care, time, and love. Call today to make an appointment and we’ll get started on figuring out the problem!

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