Three Things To Do If Your Car Won’t Start

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We all know that there’s nothing worse than when you’re running behind in the morning and your car won’t start. Before you panic, there are a few things you can do to determine why your car won’t start. Once you have an idea of the problem, you may be able to find a solution!

Turn on Your Lights

As the weather gets cooler, your battery suffers and may have a hard time getting started in the morning. If you turn the key in your ignition and your car refuses to come on, try switching on your car lights. If they’re barely showing any light, your battery connection is failing or your battery might be dead. You can check your battery connection and see if they need to be tightened and cleaned.

If it turns out your battery is dead, then it’s time to:

Jump Start Your Vehicle

If your car absolutely refuses to do anything when you turn the key, then you know your battery is dead. If that’s the case, call a good friend or a willing neighbor to help you jump your car! The steps are simple:

  1. Turn off both vehicles
  2. Connect the red (positive) jumper cable to the positive terminal on your dead battery
  3. Connect the other red cable to the positive terminal on the good battery
  4. Attach the black (negative) jumper cable to the negative terminal of the good battery
  5. Clamp the other side of the black cable on a clean, unpainted metal service under your car’s hood
  6. Run the car that’s helping you for a couple of minutes
  7. Try to start your dead car
  8. Remove the cables OPPOSITE of how they were attached, like a countdown (5, 4, 3, 2)
  9. Keep your car running for 30 minutes or so to let your battery recharge.

It’s important to note that you should not let any of the clamps on the cables touch – this could spell disaster.

If your car still won’t start, or if it’s turning over without any success, then it’s time to:

Call Your Mechanic

If your starter is going, your battery is not the problem. There’s a chance that there’s something more complicated going on under the hood. If that’s the case, trust your car to the professionals. The automotive technicians at Performance Auto Repair will get your vehicle up and running in no time.

Contact Performance Auto today to speak with our honest and qualified team. Let us take care of your car repair today!

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