Troubleshooting

One way to get into the root cause of the main problem especially if your car doesn’t start is to troubleshoot. You do not have to be a skilful and professional mechanic for you to fix this kind of problem. All you need to do is to apply a systematic approach to solve the problem. The following are steps that you can follow to fix your car.

  1. It is better to always start with obvious problems. Sometimes the most obvious problem is overlooked. You need to check your fuel tank and make sure that it is not empty. Just before moving on to the next step, you can read a car repair manual if you need.
  2. Make sure the engine and gears are well oiled and all belts are not worn. In many cases rattles and shuddering in the engine can just be the result of poor oil maintanence or a loose belt.
  3. You must open the hood of the car and inspect the battery. You may need to clean the battery terminal connection. A corroded battery will not hold a charge large enough to get the engine going. You must remove any corrosion as well as tighten all the battery cables. Jump starting your car and running the engine will charge a battery again but if this charge doesn't hold then it may be time for a replacement battery to be purchased.
  4. Always inspect the air filter. The filter can be easily found in the black plastic box at the right of the engine. Replace the filter if it looks dirty. This will improve the air flow to the engine and ensure dirt and harmful particles are not getting to it.
  5. It is imperative to check the fuse boxes right under the dashboard and on the fast left side of your car. A melted fuse means that it is a blown fuse. It is the answer to your problem. You need to take out the melted fuse and replace it with new one.
  6. Turn the key to on position but not start it all the way. You may have a very bad ignition switch if the dashboard light does not come on.
  7. Be sure to check for any leaks or broken hoses while the car is cold. When the car is running. When the car is running the engines heat will expand rubber hoses closing a break in a hose and conceal a trouble leak.

If the car does not start, there are lots of factors that may cause your car not to start such as loose, broken, and disconnected wirings.