7 Common Reasons that a Car Won't Start

7 Common Reasons that a Car Won't Start


When your vehicle first shows signs of struggling to start, you'll want to take steps to address the issue. By delaying, the problem could worsen to the point that you're unable to get your engine started at all. Here are seven causes of no-start.

Failing Fuel Pump

With a fuel pump problem, gas may not be able to properly move from your tank to your engine. Signs of a bad fuel pump include poor acceleration and sputtering while driving at high speeds.

Bad Starter

The best-known sign of a starter problem is that you turn the key and the engine doesn't start but you do hear a clicking noise. Also, if your engine doesn't start but your dash lights come on, then you could be dealing with starter trouble.

Clogged Fuel Filter

A completely clogged fuel filter can prevent your engine from receiving the fuel it needs to fire up. You can avoid this problem by getting a new fuel filter every 20,000 to 30,000 miles.

Problem with Distributor Cap

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

Dirty Fuel Injectors

Dirty fuel injectors can prevent the combustion chamber from taking in the fuel it needs for your engine to come roaring to life. Pouring a fuel additive into your tank can help with cleaning injectors.

Issue with Battery/Charging System

A brand new battery should work well for three to five years. If your battery fails at an earlier time for no obvious reason (like you left your headlights on), then an alternator problem could be to blame.

Failing Ignition Switch

A bad ignition switch can prevent the starter solenoid from receiving sufficient power. One sign of ignition switch trouble is flickering dash lights.

If you need auto repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable mechanic. For auto repair in Belvidere, Cherry Valley, Machesney Park, and Rockford, IL, contact the experts at Integrity Auto Care at (815) 566-8357. Feel free to give Integrity Auto Care a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!


Integrity Auto Care Belvidere Blog
Posted: January 29, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ