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Car won’t start? The 7 reasons why – HAC Rockhampton

Starter motor symptoms can be confused with other auto electrical problems which include faulty battery and alternator charging and wiring faults.

What are the common failing starter symptoms?

Are you wondering why your car won’t start? Issues with the starter system are more common than you think, but drivers often confuse them with other car troubles. Read on about faulty starter symptoms and learn how to tell them apart from other problems.

Reasons why your car won't start

If your car won’t start and you left your lights on after you turned off the engine, your battery is dead. But your conventionally fuelled vehicle may not start for a number of reasons. The following list outlines the most common circumstances and tells you what action you can take to try to remedy each situation:


Is it a Dead Battery?

A dead battery is the most common reason why your car won’t start. The battery is what the car uses to provide electrical power to the entire car and electrical components (e.g. lights, radio, etc.). While the vehicle is running, the alternator charges the battery. If the battery is not charged sufficiently, you will not be able to start the car or use any electrical components.

Your battery can die for a variety of reasons:

  • Your headlights or dome light was left on overnight or for too long.

  • You have a loose wire.

  • The water inside the battery evaporated, leading to poor conductivity.

  • The battery's lifespan has expired.

Some common symptoms include:

1. None of the electrical components work (e.g. the lights, radio, etc.).
2. Battery light is on.

One way you can test to see if the battery is the problem by jump starting your car. If the jump start works, you’re most likely dealing with a dying battery or an alternator that is just having trouble recharging the battery. Consider replacing the battery or alternator, cleaning the connections, or having a technician do the service for you.

Defective ignition switch.

If you try to start the engine only to find that the dashboard lights up, but the engine doesn’t power up, you might have a problem with the starter.

Your engine won’t crank.

Is your engine not starting up, even after attempting a jumpstart? At this point, it’s time to call roadside assistance and get your car to Highway Auto Care Rockhampton. If a jumpstart won’t fire up your engine, nothing other than a certified technician will!

Smoke is coming from your car.

The starter motor is part of your car’s electrical system and subject to blown fuses and short circuits. When you’ve been desperately attempting to start your car, the starter can overheat creating electrical issues—and the accompanying smoke—more likely. If you see or smell smoke, call for help rather than turning the key harder.
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Oil has soaked the starter.

Your starter motor can usually be found on the left side of the motor, just below the left bank of cylinders If you lift the bonnet only to find that your starter is drenched in engine oil, your failing starter might be a sign of another problem—an oil leak. Unfortunately, what starts out as a few drops of oil can slowly and sometimes unnoticeably turn into an expensive problem, so keep an eye out for oil leaks to avoid starter issues of this kind.

What causes starter problems?

  • Loose wiring to and from the starter.

  • Dirty connections.

  • Battery corrosion.

  • Damaged or worn-out parts in the starter system.

  • Oil leaks.
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How do you troubleshoot starter problems?

Assuming you’ve already tried to start and jumpstart your car, try one of the following troubleshooting tips.

  • 1. Look under the bonnet. Check the battery and battery cables to see whether everything’s in working order. A weak or dead battery, or even faulty battery cables, could be causing the problems with your car, not the starter.

  • 2. Tap the starter. Try lightly tapping the starter a few times with a hard object, making sure not to pound it. In some cases, this gentle tapping can help power it back up, since you’ll be vibrating the electrical components back in contact with each other. Know how you can sometimes bang on the side of an old TV to bring the picture back into focus? It’s something like that. But like your wonky television, your car may only react to this fix temporarily—just long enough to get to your Highway Auto Electrics Rockhampton shop.

  • 3. Adjust the transmission. Let’s say your car’s automatic transmission is in the “park” setting but the car won’t start. If that’s the case, try starting the car in “neutral.” If it starts in “neutral,” there may be a technical glitch that’s preventing the car from starting in “park,” like a faulty neutral safety switch.

  • 4. Check the fuel gauge. We know it seems silly but…is your fuel tank empty? That’s a sure reason why your car isn’t starting!

    5. The quick fix for a faulty starter is jumpstarting your car so you can get it on the road, at least temporarily, and get the problem checked out by a qualified technician. If a jumpstart doesn’t do the trick, you’ll most likely need to get the car towed and have the starter repaired or replaced. We can help with that.

    When you suspect a starter problem, start with Highway Auto Electrics Rockhampton. We’ll provide you with a free inspection no strings attached. If your starter is faulty, our experienced technicians can get your car fixed right, at the right price, right on time.

The Alternator

Alternators are designed to work at a specific voltage, typically between 13-14.5 volts. If your alternator is failing, its voltage may drop below capacity, causing the battery warning light to appear on your dash. Similarly, the battery light will also appear if the alternator is exceeding its voltage limit, depending on how much stress it is under.

Depending on the electrical load from your car’s accessories (headlights, wipers, radio, etc.), you may see the battery warning light flicker on and off as the alternator fluctuates in and out of its intended voltage capacity. While this may seem like a minor annoyance, it’s better to bring your car in for an alternator inspection rather than wind up stuck on the side of the road. At Highway Auto Electrics Rockhampton we offer a free alternator system check-up.
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Alternator Service with a Smile

If your car’s electrical system is giving you problems, it may be time to check the alternator. Highway Auto Electrics provides quality service that aims to keep your battery and electrical system working like it should! Schedule an appointment or head to your nearest Highway Auto Rockhampton today for affordable, quality alternator services.

Keep Your Car Charged Up

Difficulties when starting your vehicle or charging your battery could be due to a faulty alternator! For professional diagnostics and transparent service recommendations, schedule an electrical system inspection or an alternator service at Highway Auto Electrics Rockhampton.

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