In the previous blog post, I mentioned how a bad battery could cause your car not to start. Let’s get a little deeper and look past the battery to the electrical system so that we can find out a few of the other things that might result in that dreaded ‘no start’.

First let’s look at a couple of facts from NAPA:

  1. 1 in every 4 car batteries is going to need replacing this year.
  2. 1 in 5 cars are going to need a replacement belt in the next year.
  3. 1 in every 13 alternators/starters will fail this year and have to be repaired or replaced.

So, with those facts in mind let’s look at some of the warning signs that all drivers should bake themselves aware of :

Battery & Connections:

  • The headlights appear dim.
  • The vehicle won’t start

Alternator:

  • The battery is not holding a charge.
  • Lights and other accessories are not functioning correctly.

Solenoid or Relay:

  • The vehicle will not start.
  • There are intermittent starting issues.

Starter:

  • You hear a click sound when turning the key in the ignition.
  • The vehicle is slow to start.
  • You can’t start the vehicle.

Belts & Tensioners:

  • The battery is drained.
  • The car is making a loud squealing noise.
  • The alternator is particularly noisy.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, or if you are experiencing electrical issues and having any other difficulties starting your car then it is best to have your local mechanic look at your vehicle as soon as possible. This should prevent you from experiencing a ‘no start’ and ending up stranded away from your home.

Stay safe on your travels,

With Regards,

Gary