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Why Your Car Won’t Start And What To Do

Car Not Starting? It Could Be This!

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As a driver, your car not starting is probably something you dread happening, but if the worst happens what could it be and what should you do?

Dead Battery

It’s the most common cause of a car not starting. If your car won’t start and you suspect it’s because of a dead battery, check that the battery leads are tight and dip the clutch as you turn the ignition. If you can’t find a solution you may need to jump start the car, but that might not be the best course of action. If you’re not sure how to do it then it would be a bad idea to try, you might end up injuring yourself or damaging the car. Even if you do know how to jump start a car properly and safely, be sure to check the vehicle manual to make sure there aren’t instructions specific to your make/model or things that the car manufacturer warns against.

Ran Out Of Fuel

As we quickly race through summer, and with colder months around the corner, you might find that starting your car takes up more fuel than usual. A cold car can use 40% more than usual, so make sure you have enough fuel in the morning. Avoid running out by getting fuel on your journey home rather than waiting to get it en route to your destination the following day.

Low Oil

If your engine sounds like it is struggling to turn over then this could be because the oil level is low, and when the oil is low there’s more strain on the battery. Remember to routinely check your oil levels and everything else under the bonnet for smooth journeys.

Won’t Start On A Cold Day

If your car has a carburettor, check to make sure the choke isn’t closed and if it is, check whether it opens. The problem may need to be diagnosed by a mechanic.

Won’t Start On A Rainy Day/ After Raining

This could be because of dampness in the distributor cap. To fix this get some mechanic’s solvent to evaporate the dampness. Turn the cap upside down, then spray or pour the solvent into it, swish it around before pouring it out. Finally dry the cap with clean, lint-free cloth.

Maybe It’s Time To Upgrade…

If you’re having problems with your car, maybe it’s time for a new one. It doesn’t have to be an expensive process. Think Finance can help you get a new car with affordable car finance. Want a quote to see how much you could borrow and what it might cost you? No problem! Call today on 0800 221 8155 to see what we can do for you!