Car Not Starting

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Car Not Starting

Car Starting

On this page of The truth about cars, you will find the car not starting and starting troubleshooting and diagnosis. The troubleshooting guide indicated on this page is just the basic guide from mechanic previous experiences. Scroll down below to look at different troubleshooting information about the car not starting.

Car Not Starting Troubleshooting


When the car won’t start with only clicking noise is heard during starting is usually an indication of a problem that involves the battery. Therefore if this kind of problem happens the first thing to be check is the condition of the car battery.

When a car is not starting and only an occurrence of spinning sound is heard during starting this indicates that there is slipping on the car starting the drive. The starter drive is a part inside the starter that is when slipping can be caused the car not to start.

When a car won’t start on wet conditions, this indicates a problem involving moisture inside a distributor cap. When air humidity becomes high, condensation occurs and this condensation is the moisture that is a presence inside the distributor cap.

An engine that won’t start when the temperature is extremely high is an indication of a problem related to the solenoid. The solenoid is a switch that activates the starter when you turn on the car ignition key, usually, the reason why the solenoid does not function as it used to be, is that when it gets extremely hot.

When starting the car engine it turns over slowly accompanied by a sound similar to a sharp metal to metal sound or grinding and howling sound while the car engine is cranking is an indication of a starter problem, probably the starter is gone bad causing a car that won’t start.

When this kind of problem occurs the most likely problem is the one involving your car battery. Another possibility but is rarely the cause is a bad solenoid.

Two possible ways can cause your car engine not starting when the engine is cold, this happens when you have a weak car battery and the other is when you are using heavy, single weight engine oil.

Diagnosing car won't start: To determine which of the two causes your car not to start, first check if its battery-related problem, usually if it’s the battery that causes this kind of car problems you can do this kind of test to be sure.

The car turns over but won't start. The car is cranking slowly however, it will not start. If the car is turning over slowly and will not start the possible reason is the battery.

Cars can be just as finicky as people when it comes to finding problems. As in people, cars may exhibit similar symptoms as one problem but could be suffering from something completely different.
If the car starts but won't stay on, during starting the car initially starts but will not continue running, after a while, it suddenly stops, there are a lot of possible reasons. Let’s find out by doing a simple test.

Car Wont Start But Battery is Good
If the car won't start but the battery is good, check the timing belt. The car won't start but the battery works well while starting it just turn over and will not start but the car turns over a lot faster than normal. If the battery works fine the possible reason why the car won't start is the timing belt.

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