7 Common Reasons Why Cars Won't Start Up

7 Common Reasons Why Cars Won't Start Up


When you first notice that your vehicle isn't easily firing up, you'll want to soon bring the issue to a mechanic's attention. If you wait long, the problem may worsen to the extent that you can't get your engine to start at all and you end up stranded. Here's a look at seven common causes of no-start.

Clogged Fuel Filter

A completely clogged fuel filter can prevent the engine from receiving the fuel it needs to come roaring to life. By replacing your fuel filter about every 30,000 miles, you can avoid this issue.

Bad Starter

If you turn the key and your engine doesn't start but you do get a clicking noise, then there's reason to suspect starter trouble. After several years of regular use, standard wear and tear can cause the starter motor and solenoid to fail.

Failing Fuel Pump

Common indications of a fuel pump problem include inconsistent acceleration and sputtering while driving at high speeds. A malfunctioning fuel pump can prevent gas from properly going from your tank to your engine.

Dirty Fuel Injectors

Fouled-up fuel injectors can prevent the combustion chamber from taking in the necessary fuel to get the engine fired up. To try to get your fuel injectors sufficiently clean, you can pour a fuel additive into your tank.

Battery/Charging System Issues

Brand new car batteries should function reliably for three to five years. If yours dies at an earlier age for no obvious reason (like you forget to turn off your headlights), then a faulty alternator could be the problem.

Failing Ignition Switch

A bad ignition switch can prevent the starter solenoid from receiving sufficient power. A sign of ignition switch trouble is flickering dash lights.

Faulty Distributor Cap

When moisture finds its way under the distributor cap, it can stop voltage from being successfully sent to the spark plugs.

If you need auto repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable mechanic. For auto repair in Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, and Palatine, IL, contact the experts at Import Motors at (847) 908-4863. Feel free to give Import Motors a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!


Import Motors Inc Blog
Posted: January 17, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ