Car won't start

If you turn the car key and your car won’t start, don’t give sầu up. Before you Gọi for a tow, try these seven simple tricks to get your car started again. The only tool you need is a shoe.

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It’s not hopeless yet

Most people don’t keep a set of mechanic’s tools in their trunk. So when your oto won’t start & you get stranded with a dead engine, you feel pretty helpless. But don’t give sầu up right away if your oto will not start. We’ve sầu compiled a list of tricks you can try when your oto won’t start, and none of them require tools. They’re arranged by symptom, and you’ve got nothing khổng lồ thua by trying them if the oto cranks but won’t start. Of course, they won’t fix the root problem, but one of them just might get the engine started so you can head khổng lồ the nearest mechanic to have the problem fixed. Here are some things lớn try if your oto won’t turn over.

What To Do If Your Car Won’t Start:

Car Won’t Start Symptom – Starter goes click

If the oto clicks when trying to start, but still won’t start, this can be caused by a weak battery, dirty battery terminals, a worn starter motor or a stuck solenoid. Here are a few tricks to lớn try if the car doesn’t start:

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Try: Cycling the Key

If your oto turns on but won’t start, turn on the dome light and watch it while you try lớn start the engine. If the light goes out, it’s a sign the battery is really weak—almost dead. To heat up the battery, terminals và starter, try the “key cycling” trick. The triông chồng is lớn turn the key to lớn the start position repeatedly about 10 times in a row. Stop & wait five sầu minutes. Then try khổng lồ start the engine. But if the dome light stayed bright when you turned the key, move on khổng lồ the next triông xã if your oto won’t start.

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Try: Tapping on the battery Terminals

There’s no way to clean corroded battery terminals when you’re stranded without tools. But you can try to move or at least jar the terminals enough khổng lồ make better tương tác. Smaông chồng each battery terminal with the heel of a shoe lớn rotate it slightly around the battery post if the oto will not start. Then try starting the engine.

Try: Smacking the starter

If you have sầu access to lớn the starter motor, try smacking it with the tire iron from your oto jachồng. Sometimes, the electrical contacts get stuông chồng & can be freed by tapping on them.

Car Won’t Start Symptom – No cliông chồng when you turn the key

Try: Shifting the Shifter

With your foot on the brake, move the shift lever to lớn the neutral position & try starting the engine. If that doesn’t work, move sầu it baông xã khổng lồ “Park” & try it again. Moving the shifter sometimes reestablishes electrical contact inside the transmission range selector (also known as the neutral safety switch).

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Car Won’t Start Symptom – Engine cranks but won’t fire up

Here are a few tricks to lớn try if the engine cranks but the oto won’t start:

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Try: Swapping Relays

With the radio off, turn the key to lớn the “Run” position và listen for a two-second buzzing sound. That’s the fuel pump priming the injection system. If you don’t hear any sound, the fuel pump relay may be bad or the pump may be on its last legs. First, find the location of the fuel pump relay in your owner’s manual or on the legend of the under-hood fuse box cover. Yank the fuel pump relay straight up. Then locate another relay with the same part number & swap it with the fuel pump push it straight into the socket. Try starting the engine afterward.

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Try: Smacking the Fuel Tank

If your car won’t start, hit the bottom of the fuel tank several times with the heel of your shoe to jar the fuel pump motor. Then try starting the vehicle.

Try: Un-flooding a flooded engine

If you smell gas, the engine is flooded. Press the accelerator pedal lớn the floor và hold it there while you crank the engine.

Try: Tricking the computer

A vacuum leak or funky temperature sensor can result in an air/fuel mixture that’s too lean to start a cold engine. If you’ve tried all the other tricks shown here and your car won’t start, press the accelerator halfway & try to lớn start the engine. That’ll tell the computer to lớn add more fuel.

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Own a Ford? Read This!

My wife managed to sideswipe a tree on a recent Saturday morning. That’s when I got the Điện thoại tư vấn for help: “It won’t start.” I hopped in the truck & headed over. There she was, sitting in the dead Explorer on the shoulder of the road. There was damage along the entire passenger side, but nothing that would kill an engine. We had it towed inkhổng lồ a garage, but the mechanics couldn’t get to it for three days. The following Monday, “Dr. Rick” & I were discussing the lead story in Car và Garage this month: “Start a dead engine.”

After he went through all his tips, I asked, “Are there any oddball ones you’ve left out?” “Oh yeah,” Riông chồng said. “Most Fords have an automatic fuel pump shutoff switch lớn prsự kiện fire if the car’s in an accident. If that’s tripped, the oto won’t start.” What?

“Yeah, it’ll shut down even if somebody just bumps you in a parking lot.” I asked hyên ổn how you rephối it. “You just push a little button in the toe kiông chồng panel on the passenger side.”

Really? That afternoon, the wife & I went khổng lồ the mechanic’s parking lot, where I pushed the remix button. Like magic, the car started instantly. A little visit with Rick on Saturday would have saved me a $100 towing charge. At least we saved on some labor, I guess. Travis Larson

Memo from Rick: Those remix buttons are in different places. Chechồng your owner’s manual.