What To Do if Your Car Won’t Start

what to do if your car won't start

You get in the car, turn the key…and nothing happens. Do you know what to do if your car won’t start? Unfortunately, this scenario is common, especially in the winter months. The good news is that you don’t have to panic! There are several steps you can take when your car doesn’t start, and also how to be prepared ahead of time. This post will help you feel empowered to know what to do when your car won’t start and how to get back on the road as soon as possible.

Why Your Car Won’t Start

There are several reasons why your car won’t start. The most common causes include running out of gas, the car battery dying, and the effects of cold weather. Cold temperatures can affect multiple parts of your car. These include the battery, motor, fuel lines, and even fluid and engine oil. Since your car runs on chemicals, the power produced decreases as the temperatures get colder. With fuel, condensation in the tank can freeze, contributing to a car that won’t start. Finally, some oils are better suited for winter temperatures than others. 

Battery Issues

Depending on the reason for your car starting, there are different solutions to getting your car to start. Sometimes it can be as easy as turning off all the lights, heat, etc., and then attempting to restart the ignition. This helps if the issue is battery related. However, if this does not work, you will likely need someone to jumpstart your car. Start by asking any family members if they can help. You can also reach out to your neighbors if you are away. Using cables, a jump start connects the depleted battery to another running battery or power source. 

Other Reasons

For other reasons like condensation in the tank, other solutions involve putting your car in a warmer environment. This can be a garage, at the very least, or you can have your car towed. For gasoline to start and move the car, it needs to evaporate. Colder temperatures make this difficult and slow down or hinder the process altogether. The best way to protect your car in the winter months is to be prepared. 

Be Prepared Ahead of Time

There are several ways you can prepare your car to fight against the winter elements. Before the temperatures drop, schedule an appointment with Authentic Auto Body, and we will make sure everything works as it should. If it’s been a while since you changed your battery, replace it as soon as possible. Make a habit of starting your car every once in a while to jumpstart the battery. You also want to avoid keeping your lights on after leaving the vehicle, as this can run down the battery unnecessarily. Keep jumper cables in the back of your car if you need a jumpstart. These tips help you get and stay prepared for the winter months. Make sure your car gets you where you need to go this season!

Authentic Auto Body provides the highest quality auto repair and detail services. We serve Holliston, MA, and the surrounding communities. Call us at (508) 429 – 6927 to schedule an appointment and see how we can help your car run smoothly, all winter long. 

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