What is preventing my engine from starting?

What is preventing my engine from starting?


As soon as you notice that your vehicle isn't firing up easily, you'll want to take steps to figure out what exactly the problem is. If you wait, the problem could soon worsen to the point that you can't get your engine to fire up whatsoever. Here are seven common causes of no-start.

Faulty Starter

The best-known sign of starter trouble is that you turn the key and your engine doesn't fire up but you do hear a clicking sound. Another sign of starter trouble is that your engine doesn't start but your dash lights turn on.

Failing Fuel Pump

A faulty fuel pump can stop gas from successfully traveling from the tank to the engine. If your vehicle struggles to accelerate or starts to sputter at high speeds, then fuel pump trouble could be brewing.

Clogged Fuel Filter

A fully clogged fuel filter can prevent your engine from acquiring the necessary fuel to get started up. By replacing your fuel filter every 30,000 miles, you should be able to avoid this issue.

Dirty Fuel Injectors

Fouled-up fuel injectors can prevent the combustion chamber from receiving the necessary fuel to bring the engine roaring to life. By pouring a fuel additive into your tank, you can help to get rid of contaminants from your injectors.

Issue with Distributor Cap

You'll want to make sure that moisture isn't finding its way under the distributor cap. If it does, then it could prevent voltage from being effectively sent to the spark plugs.

Failing Ignition Switch

A failing ignition switch can prevent the starter solenoid from getting sufficient power. A sign of ignition switch trouble is that your dash lights are flickering.

Problem with Battery/Charging System

A brand new car battery should work reliably for three to five years. If it dies sooner for no apparent reason (like you forgot to turn your headlights off), then you could be dealing with an alternator issue.

If you need auto repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable mechanic. For auto repair in Houston, TX, contact the experts at Harting Automotive at (281) 688-9405. Feel free to give Harting Automotive a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!


Harting Automotive Blog
Posted: January 29, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ