Why Won’t My Car Start?

Woman Having Car Trouble

If you find yourself asking why your car won’t start, then it’s time to assess a few different possibilities. You know as well as any that your car is a crucial part of your daily activities, from driving your kids to school to getting to work and the grocery store; it’s of the utmost importance to have a running car when you are trying to perform your daily activities. Check out some service tips and tricks to keep your car running smoothly.

Why My Car Won’t Start

Here are five main reasons why your car may not be starting, and what you can do about it:

Empty Gas Tank

This one seems a bit obvious, and you may feel silly. If you like to wait until your gas tank is empty, you may find that you waited a bit too long and your tank is empty. It can be easy to forget to get gas if you are busy. The simplest solution to this problem is to get more gas.

Dead Battery

A dead battery is the most common reason why your car won’t start. Your battery can die if the headlights or interior lights are left on too long or there’s a loose wire in your vehicle. Another reason may be poor conductivity due to the water inside the component evaporating, or the battery has come to the end of its lifespan. 

Resolving this issue requires a jumpstart. If this problem is common for your vehicle then it may be time to replace your battery. You can test your battery yourself or come to Wilson KIA in Flowood to resolve your issue.

Clogged Fuel Filter

Your gasoline won’t be able to reach the engine if your fuel filter is clogged. You’ll be able to tell if this is an issue if your engine doesn’t seem to perform at its best, your vehicle is stalling, or you’re asking yourself “why my car won’t start.” Your oil filter needs to be changed roughly every 20,000 to 30,000 miles, given the average mileage driven per year, you only have to replace the fuel filter every year to year and a half. 

Defective Ignition Switch

You will be able to tell if your ignition switch is the problem by turning on your headlights. If your headlights turn on that means your battery is working. Your car may not turn over on the first few tries so you can perform the headlight test.

Faulty Starter

Jackson and Brandon drivers with a faulty starter may notice their vehicle not starting when they turn the ignition, hearing a loud clicking sound when they turn the key, or excess noise when starting vehicle. The starter is an electrical motor that gets the engine in motion when you turn the ignition switch. If the starter is faulty the engine may not be able to crank.

Why Won’t My Car Start? Get Your Answers at Wilson KIA.

If you’re running errands in Ridgeland and find your car won’t start, now you know the most common reasons. If you need any repairs, contact our service team at Wilson KIA. We can replace your battery, change your oil filter, and so much more. If you still have questions about your vehicle, feel free to contact us today!

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