How To Make A Car Not Start Temporarily
Sometimes, your car will not start when you want to go somewhere or do something. You check all of the normal things like making sure there is fuel, testing the battery, and trying to reset the engine. None of these work and it seems like everything we tell you in this article does not work!
It can be really frustrating and annoying so we are going to talk about some things that may help. These tips will hopefully get your vehicle started and running again quickly.
Some people say that rubbing alcohol can break down chemical bonds in contaminated parts and thusly restore functionality to the vehicle. If nothing works after trying this, then try pulling out the most important part of the car: the wheels.
Check the charging system
Chances are, if your car won’t start, there’s nothing wrong with the engine or the battery. Instead, the electrical systems in cars have backup power sources in case of a total vehicle shutdown.
If you need help figuring out what is going on, check the settings and features of your car. You can do this by accessing the driver information screen or using a smartphone app.
You may also want to make sure that all doors and windows are closed and locked so someone doesn’t get into the car while it is off. This could cause it to work properly sooner.
On some vehicles, the ignition must be de-activated before trying to turn the engine on. Try switching this off and then back on to see if that helps. Some drivers accidentally leave the key in “accessory” mode instead of “on” which would not allow the engine to run either.
Replace the battery
The car will not start due to lack of electricity in the vehicle’s electrical system. Because batteries work, it is very possible that you may have accidentally removed the battery from the vehicle.
If this has happened, then your next step should be to replace the battery. You can do so by going to any local automotive shop or source online for tips and how to do it.
It is important to make sure that before you pull out the old one, you remove all chemical compounds such as acid and salt. This ensures that there is no corrosion which could prevent the new one from holding a good connection.
Make sure to buy a brand new fully-rated battery! Buying a used one could cause issues later.
Run a diagnostic test
The first thing you should do if your car does not start is run a diagnostic test. This will determine whether there are issues with the vehicle’s electrical system, the engine, both, or none of them.
To run a diagnostic test, you need a screwdriver!
You can grab one at any automotive shop, but make sure it is very old so it doesn’t have too much grease on it. If this isn’t the case, wipe off the excess oil and see if that helps get the motor spinning.
Next, find an area away from the road where you can pull over. It shouldn’t be in direct sunlight as well because you don’t want to accidentally touch anything while the battery dies. A shady spot close to the garage is ideal!
Once you have found such a place, connect the computer into the device using a USB cable. Then, switch on the engine and let it run for a few minutes! (Make sure nothing is accessible to the vehicle while it is running.)
After this, disconnect the cables and see what messages the computer gives you. Most cars now have a warning light when something goes wrong, which is good to know!
If everything looks okay, try switching the charge source from the original battery to a newer one before trying to turn the ignition key again.
Check the fuel system
A car that does not start is usually caused by issues with the electrical systems or the gasoline/fuel supply system. Both of these can be related to poor maintenance, malfunctioning components, or dry running due to lack of fuel.
If you are ever in this situation, then your first thought will likely be to check the battery. However, before doing so, make sure you have given it enough charge!
Check out our helpful tips here for how to check if a car needs a new battery.
After performing those steps, if the vehicle still will not turn over then look into the engine area for any signs of fluid loss. If there are clear indications of liquid exposure, then try to give the engine some more gas until it turns over.
This is because something in the fuel system may have failed, which prevents the vehicle from starting.
Check the spark plugs
The first thing you should do if your car does not start is to check the spark plug position, size, and shape. If they are old or broken, get new ones!
If the engine runs with no problem then it is impossible for there to be no gas entering the combustion chamber where fuel is mixed with air. Therefore, it can be said with certainty that the lack of power comes from an issue in the intake process!
By looking at the position, height, and diameter of the spark plug, we can determine whether it is good, bad, or somewhere in between.
A bad spark plug will look like it has burned away completely, but it may still produce enough sparks when inserted into the cylinder wall. This would indicate a poor connection, so changing it is your best bet unless someone else’s work is too hard to access.
An old, degraded spark plug will not burn down properly any more, but it may take longer than normal to fire up. This could be due to erosion or carbon build-up inside the gap between the wire and the metal shell. These types of plugs need to being replaced, as they cannot hold a charge effectively anymore.
Check the engine compartment
If you check your car’s engine compartment, you may notice that there are some parts of it which look kind of funny. These are sometimes referred to as “odd bits” or “little things” that don’t quite fit in with the rest of the part.
These odd bits can be something like an old wire hanger bent into a shape never intended, or a piece of cardboard cut down to size, or even nothing more than dried up glue left over from another project.
Whatever they are, these pieces are not supposed to be there and normally when you find one, you should try and figure out what happened to put it there and then either take it off or push it back together.
If however this is difficult, the next thing to do would be to gently pry it away from the main body of the engine and see if it will come apart easily without too much effort.
Run the engine for a few seconds to verify the starter
A car that does not start is very frustrating, especially if you have done everything possible to make it work. It can also be scary as your safety depends on it functioning properly. Luckily, there are some things you can do to fix this problem quickly and easily!
First, make sure the battery is fully charged and connect it to an external test device such as a multimeter or computer to check whether it’s working.
Next, locate the ignition switch in the vehicle and see if it’s got any dust on it. If so, use a cotton swab to clean it off and see if that helps get the motor running.
If those two steps don’t work, then try switching the position of the spark plug wire using a volt meter. This one should only measure either high or low voltage depending on which way you turn it, but turning it one direction may cause it to conduct too much current and burn out. Try moving it the other way to determine if that makes a difference.
Once you’ve tried all of these, give the car a good push (don’t just hop around like a chicken with its head cut off) and see what happens. Hopefully, it will at least rattle and make some sounds, even if it doesn’t run completely.
Replace the battery or reset the engine
In some cases, your car will not start for no reason. It could be due to a bad battery, but that is only one of many potential causes.
If you are ever unable to turn the key in the ignition then it’s time to worry. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make this vehicle disappear.
Luckily, replacing the battery is usually an easy fix as cars these days have intelligent systems that warn users when the battery gets low.
You may need to take extra precautions while trying to get the engine running though since electricity isn’t always easily accessible.
So before attempting to jump the car start, make sure you don’t have any kind of tool like a screwdriver that might short circuit the system and help get the engine going.