Your car won’t start – what now?

October 3rd, 2018 by

You slide into the driver’s seat, put the key in the ignition, and turn it… to no avail. Your car won’t start, but you have no idea why and no idea what to do next. Toyota of Clermont can help – it’s a major inconvenience when your car won’t start, but it’s not the end of the world. Our Orlando auto service techs are here to give you some of the main reasons your car won’t start and also help you figure out what to do when you’re stuck in this predicament.

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Your car won’t start… but why?

Let’s talk why first – why won’t your car start? Here are some of the big reasons you may not be able to get the engine going:

1) Your battery is dead. 

If your battery is dead, there’s no way your car is going to get going. How do you know if your battery is dead? If you turn the key and hear silence and notice that your radio and lights won’t turn on, you’ve got a dead battery. If this is the case, call a tow or try to find someone with jumper cables so you can bring your car into our Orlando Toyota service center.

2) Your starter is broken.

Your starter is an electrical motor that’s connected to the battery; it gets the engine going when you turn your key in the ignition. If it’s not working, neither is your engine. A dead giveaway that you’re in need of a new starter is that you hear a clicking noise when you turn your key instead of the engine roaring to life.

3) Your fuel filter is clogged. 

Your fuel filter ensures that clean fuel gets where it needs to go under the hood. If it gets clogged, gasoline won’t be able to reach the engine to be utilized! Luckily, this is an easy fix – just bring your car by Toyota of Clermont.

4) Your alternator isn’t doing its job. 

The alternator helps to ensure that your battery is charged which, in turn, means the battery can’t get things moving under the hood. If your alternator conks out on you a warning light should come on in the dash to give you an alert.

5) You need new spark plugs. 

Your spark plugs need to be replaced every 100,000 miles or so; they provide the spark needed to ignite your fuel. When they give out, you’re not going anywhere fast. Spark plugs are easy and affordable to replace, so schedule auto service at Toyota of Clermont.

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Schedule Orlando auto service NOW!

So, what should you do when your car won’t start? Your best bet is to schedule auto service, and soon. Even if you can get a jump or get your car to eventually start, chances are the issue will arise again. Bring your ride by Toyota of Clermont to let our trained techs take a peek! We’re open seven days a week at 16851 State Road 50, just off the Florida Turnpike.



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