We’ve all been there. You get ready to go to work in the morning, but your car won’t start. One day your car can run perfectly, and the next day it won’t start. This is more than just annoying. When you don’t know what’s wrong with your car, it’s even worse. Here, we’ll talk about some of the things that can cause the problem “car won’t start, no noise.” We’ll also tell you what it might be caused by and how to fix it.
In general, no one should pay a mechanic to fix something that they can do themselves. But when it comes to our cars, most of us don’t know how to fix much. If this is true, don’t act too quickly. If you really don’t know how to start your car, you should wait and call a tow truck. At least you’ll know it’s safe to drive if you have a mechanic fix your car.
So, What is Wrong with Your Car?
There are a few things that could be wrong if your car won’t start but isn’t making any noise. Most of the time, this is because of the battery. You might need a boost. Or, your battery is just dead and needs to be replaced. But you shouldn’t just assume it’s your battery. You should ask yourself a few questions first.
Can you turn the key? If you can’t even turn your key in the ignition, the problem isn’t with your battery. This could mean that the steering wheel is locked. When you park on a hill or when one of your tyres is turned too far toward the curb, this can happen. Try turning the steering wheel a little bit to get your tyres back in line. This might be the answer. Now, try turning the key over. If it still doesn’t work, you have bigger issues to deal with.
Does your key turn without making a sound? If this is true, it has nothing to do with a steering wheel that is locked. Most likely, either your battery or your starter is broken. It might just be your battery. If it’s something like the starter or the alternator, you’ll have to take your car to a mechanic.
If you turn the key, does the engine just click? There are a few things that could cause this to happen. Your battery could be to blame. Or, the problem could be with your fuel gauge. Make sure you have gas in the car. It sounds silly, but this happens more often than you might think.
Could it Be the Battery?
When your car won’t start, it’s usually because your battery isn’t working right. Either your battery is completely dead and you need to get a new one. Or, you just need a jump. If the problem is just a dead battery, you can call a neighbour or friend for a jump start. If the problem is bigger, you might need to call a local mechanic.
Check a Few Things Before You Rule Out a Dead Battery
Things in your car that work – If your windshield wipers work, but they move slowly, you need a jump start. The same thing is true if your car’s headlights turn on but it won’t start. If you turn the key and none of the lights on the dashboard come on, the battery is dead.
You get a jump, and it works. If you get a jump, let the car run for a few minutes. If the battery indicator is hovering near the middle, you’re good to go. Just make sure to bring along a set of jumper cables. You might need a jump again in the next few days, for all you know.
Your battery isn’t that old. If it’s only been a couple of years, you shouldn’t have to replace it. Most batteries last between 4 and 5 years. If your battery is getting old, you should really get a new one. Even if it jumps, it will probably die again soon. Get a new battery and throw away the old one.
What Should You Do if Your Car Still Won’t Start After Jumping the Battery?
Sometimes, the answer isn’t to jump. A car can also die because of other things. Even if your battery works fine, your car won’t start if the connections are broken. Before you decide that you need a new battery, you should check a few things.
Either your battery or its connections are rusty. The wires that go into and out of your battery get rusty over time. This happens even faster in places that are wet and salty. For instance, if you live near the beach, your battery cables will rust much faster than if you lived in a dry, arid place.
Are the cables to your battery in place? Sometimes, the cables for the battery just come loose. You should make sure that your cables are safe. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own, you should hire a pro. Most places that sell cars will check these plugs for you. Sometimes, all you have to do to get your car to start is tighten the cables.
What should you do if you jump the battery and your car still won’t start?
If you do everything on this list and your car still won’t start, there’s something wrong. If the problem is just your battery, most of the time a jump will fix it. Or, you can just buy a new battery and be done with it. If these things don’t work, it’s likely that your car has a mechanical problem.
If this is the case, you can do the following:
Call a tow service. Many people, like AAA, have a service that will come help them in this situation. Your insurance company might offer a similar service. Call and ask for your car to be towed to a nearby mechanic. Or, the person who comes out may already know what’s wrong and be able to fix it. You don’t want to try to drive your car yourself to the mechanic. You shouldn’t try to pull or push it yourself if you’re more than a few feet away.
Call your auto shop – If your car won’t start, your mechanic might be willing to come pick it up. They might have their own flatbed truck or truck with a tow hook. They might charge less than a regular tow company for this service. Some mechanics will also bring your car back to your home or place of work after fixing it.
Ask a friend who is good with cars to look at it – Most of us know at least one person who works on cars. You might even know someone who is licenced to fix cars. If so, give them a call and ask them to check out the car. You might have missed something small, like a battery cable that wasn’t plugged in. It will save you a lot of money in the long run if your friend can fix it for free.
Will This Happen Again?
We wish we could tell you that your car won’t break down ever again. Sadly, that’s probably not what’s true. Our cars get sick from time to time. Because of this, it’s very important to take care of them. It should be a habit to check things like the oil and the battery. And make sure you have your car checked out every so often. It’s better to figure out that your car has a problem before you break down on the side of the road.