It can be extremely frustrating to walk out to your car and find out that it is having trouble starting. If this has happened to you then you know how obnoxious it can be, especially if you have somewhere that you need to be. Although you may not know much about automobiles and your first inclination might be to call a mechanic, there are a few things that you can do first to check if there is a simple fix.
You are going to want to pay attention to a few things, because to start a car, there are a handful of things that have to be functioning properly in order for the car to start. The first thing you want to be aware of is what happens when you attempt to turn the key. If the car makes a clicking noise and will not turn over, it is a clear indicator that something is wrong with your battery. There are a few things that could cause this. You may have left a light in the car on, or you may have left the headlights or daylights on, causing the car to drain while you weren’t in it, or it may have simply failed altogether and needs to be replaced.
Often time’s when a battery won’t start, the person comes to find out that one of the cables connecting to the battery slipped off, which will also prevent the car from starting. The best course of action here is to check to make sure the cables are connected properly to the battery and if they are and the car still won’t start, you should attempt to start the car with another vehicle and jumper cables. If this doesn’t work you could test it with a new battery. If your car doesn’t start with a different battery you should call a mechanic.
Check the Wheel Lock
Sometimes when a person goes to put their key in the ignition and turn the car on, the key won’t turn. If this is happening, your steering wheel is likely locked in place as well. This is can be confusing if it’s your first time experiencing this. This will happen when you park on a hill and it could happen when the ignition locks up. Simply shake the wheel rather hard with your left hand and wiggle the key while attempting to turn it with your right hand. It may be a little bit tight, but it should be easy enough to loosen in a second or two.
When to Call a Mechanic
If your car is turning over but the car won’t start, there are many possible reasons preventing your car from starting, potentially with the engine. Make sure to not continually hold the key in position to start it. This will run the battery down and then you’ll be dealing with two problems instead of one, because your battery will be dead as well.
If you can’t seem to get your vehicle started, it’s time to consider giving a mechanic a call. They’ll be able to diagnose the problem and provide you with options for fixing it. Hands down you’ll feel better when you let a qualified professional take a look at your car. They’ll get your car back into proper working order and get you back out on the road again.