There are few sounds so annoying as the one your car makes when you put the key in and turn, and your car refuses to start. You may hear an anemic sound, or no sound at all. What should you do when you get in your car to go to work, school or errand running–and your car won’t cooperate? We have some answers.
When Your Car Won’t Start
Your first step is that you need to identify whether your car is making any noise at all when you turn the key. If your car engine is not turning over at all, or all it does is make a clicking noise, your problem may not be all that bad. You may have a battery issue. If that is the case, you’ll want to check and clean the connections to your battery, and try your car again. If you still don’t get anything at all, you can take the battery out and replace it, or you can have it towed to a shop.
If your car cranks up, but won’t start, your problem may be a little more difficult to diagnose. In northern states, the problem is most often a frozen fuel line–but that’s not going to happen in Sarasota. There are other problems you may have as well with the engine here in Florida. Your spark plugs may be old and worn out, and they may need to be replaced. Another likely cause in rainy Florida may be wet spark plugs or other engine components that need to be dry to start. If you can’t diagnose the problem, it’s time to give a mechanic a call.