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  • Writer's pictureTony Begley

Car Won't Start?

Updated: Feb 23

If your car won't start then let's get your car started and get you back on the road!

There are few things more frustrating than going out to your car only to find out it won't start. There are a number of things that could be causing this:

Dead Battery

Perhaps the most common reason for cars not starting. If you turn your key but only hear a rapid clicking sound it is likely that you have a dead battery and will need a jump (see below).

a dead car battery in need of replacement

Corroded Battery Terminals

If absolutely nothing happens when you turn the key then pop the hood and take a look at your battery terminals. If they are covered in corrosion, there is a good chance that a thorough cleaning of the posts will get your car started back up again.

Car Won't Turn Over

If your engine cranks but won't start it could be one of two things. Either you need more fuel or, if you have enough gas, then you might need service done on your fuel injectors or ignition system to get them working properly again.

Arrange for your vehicle to be towed to our shop (we offer towing services!) for diagnosis and we can figure out why it's not starting.

We have been providing quality auto service and repairs for over 50 years. We were established to provide honest, dependable auto service and repair at a fair price. We continue to make the investment in training and equipment to stay ahead of the rapidly changing industry. When it comes to car repair, we know the importance of fast, quality, well-priced auto repairs. We strive to offer you the best possible service when you come see us.

Jump Start - To Safely Jump Start, Follow These Steps:

  1. Take out your jumper cables. It's a good idea to buy a set of jumper cables and keep them in the trunk compartment. If you don't have jumper cables you'll have to find a Good Samaritan who is not only willing to assist you but has jumper cables as well.

  2. Place both cars in park or neutral, with their ignitions shut off and the emergency brakes on.

  3. Connect the cables. The positive cable has red clips at either end (+) and the negative cable has black clips (-). It's important to attach them in the following proper order:

    1. First, attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery (it has "POS" or "+" on it).

    2. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the Good Samaritan's car.

    3. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the Good Samaritan's car.

    4. Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn't near the carburetor (if your car has one) or battery. See the image below. Make sure to connect in the proper order.

    5. Try to start your vehicle. Note: Do not have the other car running. If your car has electrical issues it could damage their car as well. If it won't start check the cables to ensure they are connected properly. Then, try to start again. If it still won't start then your battery may be beyond help.

    6. Disconnect the cables, thank the Good Samaritan, and resume your life. DON'T shut off your engine - drive around for awhile to recharge the battery.

how to jump start a car with jumper cables

NOTE: Improper connection of cables can damage either or both vehicle's charging systems.


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