May 18, 2017 at 12:03 PM

It’s normal for older cars to have starting problems, but it’s very annoying when your car isn’t starting. Here are five important checks to do when your car won’t start.

1. Check Your Fuses

fuse box

There are only a handful of cars that have fuses hooked up on the starter. So, if you own such a vehicle, a faulty fuse could be the reason why your car isn’t starting. The good news is, fuses are readily available and are easy to fix. This is the first thing that you should check when you have a problem starting your car.

2. Check Your Battery


A dead or discharged battery might be the reason why your car isn’t starting. If your battery is low on charge it won’t have enough power to start the engine. If this is the case, once you turn your keys, you will hear some clicking sound. In order to avoid this problem in future, it’s important that you replace your battery at least once in four years.

3. Check the Ignition Switch

In the event that your fuse and battery are in good condition but you are still having a problem starting your car, chances are that the ignition switch might be the problem. Turn on the ignition to see if a red warning light will appear on the dash, if nothing happens then your ignition switch is faulty and needs replacement.

4. Fuel Problems

empty tank

If you receive the normal cranking sound every time you try to start your car, there is a higher probability that you are facing fuel problems. If this is the case you will always hear the same sound even if your car isn’t starting. The problem here might be the fuel pump or the fuel filter. In this regard, it is very important to check your fuel pump and fuel filter and make sure that they are in good condition before starting your car again. If you have the right tools, you can always do a fuel pressure test to determine the problem.

5. Check for Air

It is very important to ensure that the air entering your cylinders is clean and sufficient. Make sure that the air filters are not clogged and all the air inlets are free of debris. Too much air may not be ideal for the engine and this could be the reason why your car isn’t starting.

You now have an idea of what to do when your car isn’t starting. Make sure that you have the right tools to do all the tests that are required to determine the problem that you are facing.


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