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My Car is Not Starting: What Does it Mean?

The deafening grinding and desperate sputtering failure of a car that has just about had it. We know the dread setting feeling well at Robert’s Collision & Repair, and we also know just how to alleviate the dread so you can get moving again. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk you through it!


But what exactly is going on when that engine just won’t start? Well, as you may have guessed, there are many answers to this question. We’ll address a few of the most common reasons cars don’t start so that you can have a bit of peace in understanding what’s going on.


First off, listen carefully to what exactly happens when you turn that key (or push that button)! If the engine doesn’t crank at all, that is more likely an electrical problem. Spark plugs, wiring, battery, etc. Malfunctioning security systems can also be the culprit, preventing you from starting the car. However, if you turn the key and it does crank before sputtering into sadness, it’s indicative of a mechanics, or a problem with parts. Low or empty gas, fuel plugs, and other issues could be acting up.


Discerning whether your car won’t start because of electrical or mechanical malfunction will help the automotive experts get your car repaired, and inform you of the next steps. If you ever run into the dreaded problem of having your car not start, don’t panic. Give Robert’s Collision & Repair a call, and we’ll get you fixed up.



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