What is preventing my car from starting?

What is preventing my car from starting?


When you first notice that your engine is struggling to fire up as quickly as usual, you'll want to be proactive about addressing the problem. By waiting, the issue could soon worsen to the point that your car won't start at all and you end up stranded. At Absolut Autoworks, our local mechanics are experts at diagnosing and repairing issues that cause no-start. When you first notice a symptom of car trouble, visit us at our nearby auto shop so we can take care of it before the problem escalates.

Common Reasons that Engines Don't Start

A classic cause of no-start is a bad starter. The most familiar sign of starter failure is that you turn the key and get nothing except a clicking noise. Another indication of starter trouble is that when you try to start your car the engine doesn't fire up, but your dash lights do come on. A clogged fuel filter is also a problem that can prevent your engine from coming roaring to life. When a fuel filter gets all gunked up, your engine may not be able to take in enough fuel to get started. Dirty fuel injectors are another potential cause of no-start. Pouring a fuel additive into your tank can help with eliminating contaminants from injectors and intake valves. A faulty fuel pump is also a fuel-related problem that may stop your vehicle from firing up reliably. Symptoms of fuel pump trouble include sputtering, power loss, and worsening fuel-efficiency.

A problem with your battery/charging system can prevent your car from starting as well. When you install a new battery, it should work dependably for three years or more. But if it dies sooner, then you could be dealing with a failing alternator---unless of course you forgot to turn off your headlights.

Auto Repair in Sterling, VA

When you need auto repair, contact Absolut Autoworks at (703) 437-1607. At our nearby auto shop, we can complete any type of repair you need to make sure your engine fires up like it's supposed to. Feel free to give us a call today to schedule an appointment!


Absolut Autoworks Blog
Posted: June 28, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ