It’s what time? I’m gonna be late for work AGAIN … and now the stupid car won’t start!

Sound like you? The day started so well, got up on time, had your shower, fixed your breakfast, headed outside and got in the car.  Turned the key … and, Nothing.

If your car won’t start, it could be any number of things wrong, including a dead battery or unfortunately even some more significant – and costly – problems. Let’s go over a few of the more common problems to see if we can help.

Dead Battery

Your car battery is the heartbeat of your vehicle, and if it’s not fully charged, your car may not start. Dead batteries can be caused by anything from leaving exterior or interior lights on to a faulty alternator.

If your battery has died, it can usually be “jumped” by using jumper cables and another vehicle. Be sure to apply the jumper cables securely to the correct battery terminals before attempting to turn over your engine. Don’t have jumper cables? Give us a call. We’re here 24/7 to get you on the road again.

Then, when you do get your car started, I’s important to drive the car for at least 30 minutes at over 35 miles per hour to make sure your battery gets a good charge back in it.  Also, as soon as you can make sure to consult a professional to check the condition of your battery. Keep in mind the average life of a car battery is about three years, so if your battery is older than that, once you’re back on the road, consider replacing it.

Make sure to check these things when leaving your car to avoid having this happen again:

  • Make sure all lights are off before turning your engine off
  • Avoid leaving your car outside during drastic temperature changes, such as a strong cold front
  • Make sure to take a look at your battery terminals and apply anti-corrosive solution if needed

Bad starter

Your battery is connected to your solenoid, and then to your engine’s starter.  The solenoid and the starter are the devices that connects your battery to your engine. If your starter won’t turn over, your engine won’t run.

You might hear a clicking noise when turning the ignition. Keep in mind, however, that a dead battery and a faulty starter can make the same noise.

A good way to tell the strength of your battery is turning the vehicle’s headlights off and on. But a battery may have enough juice to power the lights but not the engine. If you are in doubt, it’s always best to contact a professional for advice.

Possible signs of a faulty starter:

  • A loud clicking noise when you turn the ignition key
  • The engine attempts to turn over but can’t get started
  • The interior and exterior lights turn on, but the car won’t start

 Empty Gas Tank

The simplest reason, but certainly the most irritating and frustrating. With all the previous options explored, ask yourself: When is the last time I bought gas?

An extremely low gas tank is unfortunately a great reason why your car won’t start. Maybe you forgot to fill up, and the engine doesn’t have enough gas to stay running. Trying to start your car over and over again when this is the problem is also a great way to run down your battery … so check your gauges early, before this happens.

Also, it could mean you have a gas leak, which would be a far more significant problem. But this is pretty rare.

Give us a call!

If you’ve already tried to diagnose your vehicle and you still can’t figure out what’s wrong, call the Rambling Wrecker in Manassas VA today! Most of our drivers have been working with automobiles for many years and can help diagnose many of the issues requiring roadside assistance.

​If we can’t determine what’s wrong and get your vehicle moving again, we’ll gladly tow you to one of the local auto mechanics shops.

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