One good thing about modern day technology is that cars today are more reliable than ever. The days of seeing stricken motors at the side of the road, billowing steam, are long gone. No technology is perfect however and from time to time even the best vehicles can let us down.
Modern Car Faults
One downside of 21st Century motoring is that cars are more complex; issues arising that once would be dealt with by the owner are often now a matter for a professional car servicing garage with the tools and skills to effect repairs or renewals.
That said, it doesn’t hurt for drivers to know the root cause as to why a car isn’t starting or working as it should. At least that way it is possible to save time and cost when solutions are needed.
Common Starting Issues
Many people have experienced that sinking feeling when their trusted motor struggles or fails to start. To help, here are three common causes for starting issues:
Most cars have a warning sound or symbol when fuel is running low so there’s not really any excuse to run out but it is not a good idea to let the fuel tank get perilously low. All systems have an in-line filter responsible for keeping any specks of dirt or contamination away from the engine to maintain the required air-fuel ratio mixture for optimum performance.
This filter is part of a vehicle’s servicing regime so should not give any problems, but it’s not unknown. Accumulated muck at the bottom of the tank could be drawn into the system, for example. Engines can misfire or fluctuate in performance or indeed fail to start at all if their juice isn’t flowing. A clogged fuel filter or a faulty fuel pump could be responsible.
A failure to start, accompanied by a clicking sound suggests a fault with the battery or its components. The battery is a part of the engine that we take for granted. Often drivers only think about it when it’s too late.
The battery could be flat, suggesting that in-use charging is not taking place. This could mean an alternator fault or simply that the battery is old and defunct. Terminals might be corroded or not connected properly and thus electric power is not reaching the starter. This is an easy fix, cleaning and tightening connections but there is a safety procedure to follow.
It’s conceivable too that the starter motor itself is at fault. That loud clicking noise and failure to start my also be a symptom of a faulty starter or an issue with electric wiring. Time to call your garage.
Using either a key or a start button, the effect is the same. The vehicles starts up. If nothing happens at all (no clicking sound or sluggish turnover) then it could be the ignition itself. This might be due to a flat battery but not necessarily. Try switching on the headlights: If there’s a strong beam then that signifies a full charge. This is yet another electrical issue.
Most starting problems emanate from either fuel flow or electrical faults. We know that modern cars are generally reliable but they can still present starting problems, especially if neglected. Make sure your car gets its regular annual service and enjoy trouble-free motoring.