Why won't my engine start?

Why won't my engine start?


As soon as you notice that your engine isn't starting as easily as it should, you'll want to be proactive about identifying and addressing the problem. If you put it off, the issue could soon worsen to the point that your engine won't fire up at all. Here are seven common causes of no-start.

Bad Starter

If you turn the key and the engine won't start but you do hear a clicking noise, then you've got a classic sign of starter failure. Another indication of starter trouble is that your dash lights will turn on, but your engine won't start.

Faulty Fuel Pump

A failing fuel pump can prevent gas from dependably traveling from your tank to your engine. Fuel pump trouble could be brewing if you've noticed inconsistent acceleration or if your car has been sputtering at high speeds.

Clogged Fuel Filter

When a fuel filter gets totally clogged up, the engine may not be capable of taking in the necessary fuel to start up. By getting to the shop for fuel filter replacement every 30,000 miles, you can avoid this issue.

Dirty Fuel Injectors

When fuel injectors become all fouled up, the combustion chamber might not be able to get the fuel it needs to get your engine fired up. You can try using a fuel additive to clean the injectors.

Issue with Battery/Charging System

When you install a brand new battery, it should last for between three and five years. If it fails sooner for no obvious reasons (such as you left your lights on), then you could be dealing with alternator trouble.

Failing Ignition Switch

Ignition switch failure can prevent power from being directed to the starter solenoid. Flickering dash lights are one indication of an ignition switch issue.

Issue with Distributor Cap

If moisture is managing to get under your distributor cap, it may prevent voltage from being effectively directed to the spark plugs.

If you need auto repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable mechanic. For auto repair in Kansas City, MO, contact the experts at Howard Automotive at (816) 439-7527. Howard Automotive also offers auto body repair in Kansas City, MO. Feel free to give Howard Automotive a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!


Howard Automotive Blog
Posted: February 15, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ