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My car won't start; is it my battery?
We all know this feeling. You are supposed to be at work in fifteen minutes, and you walk out to your vehicle, turn the key, and nothing happens! Or, maybe you are met with a struggling start, a loud clicking sound, or a start followed by the vehicle dying. All of these scenarios mean one thing, there is something up with your vehicle's power system!
What could be the cause of my vehicle not starting?
Your vehicle's power system is a complicated network of physical machinery and electrical components, and they get more complex as time goes on! Starters, alternators, brake switches, belts, batteries, and more; all play a part in the diverse network of vehicle power components.
But how do you know which one is the cause of your issue? Well, here are a few things to watch out for; they might help you better understand your particular circumstance.
Pay attention to these signs:
Starter - You might have tried to start your vehicle and heard a clicking sound; that can be your starter. Pay attention to if all your lights work, and your radio has no problem playing; if the vehicle makes a clicking sound and still won't start, it could be your starter.
Brake light switch - Modern vehicles with pushbutton start systems might face this issue. Your pushbutton start system relies on messaging from your brake pedal to start the engine. If that brake pedal switch goes out (there can be two), your pushbutton start system might not work correctly.
Alternator/Belts - Your alternator cycles power through your battery; it continually spins, producing energy. You have a belt that helps the alternator spin; if that belt is loose, the alternator won't function correctly. Furthermore, you'll know your alternator isn't working if your vehicle dies while it is running on the road, which means the battery isn't receiving proper power cycling.
How can I prevent vehicle power problems in the future?
The best way to prevent these issues in the future is to practice preventative maintenance. Check your belts from time to time and ensure they are tight. Have your battery checked at proper intervals and replace it if necessary. Small little things like this can play a big part in keeping you on the road.
In a worst-case scenario, your vehicle losing power might lead to a collision. If that ever happens (and we certainly hope it doesn't), find a certified collision repair center to help you bring your beloved back to show condition.
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