Dead Car Might Be More Than A Dead Battery

By the time you’ve been driving your car for a couple of months or even years you start to get comfortable with it and learn how it handles in certain situations. You learn the sounds it makes, how to take turns, and how it accelerates and brakes. As soon as something seems different you may start to expect something is wrong.

However when you go to turn you key into the ignition and receive no response whatsoever then the potential problems change. It could be something as simple as a common mistake such as leaving the headlights or interior lights on overnight draining the battery. It could also be something wrong with the engine or fuel pump.

Usually the repair is relatively inexpensive but in case it isn’t it helps to know what the problem could be when you’re trying to get to work in the morning.

  • Dead battery – this is the most common reason your vehicle won’t start. A battery tester can tell you how much power is left and jumper cables can give you enough power to start your engine.
  • Bad starter connection – corrosion and weathering can affect the connection since it is exposed to the elements. Check all wires and cables to make sure they are in good condition and replace accordingly.
  • Fuel pump or filter – check all connected fuses and if they’re good then you may have a clogged filter. Clogged filters should be replaced every 10,000-15,000 miles.

Odds are you’re experiencing one of these common problems but it could still be something more complex. Remember that your car needs three things to start: Spark, Fuel, and Compression.

As soon as you’re able to get your car up and running bring it in to 2J’s Automotive and let our mechanics take a look at your engine and battery for you. They will be able to find the right diagnosis by giving a free diagnostic test, valued at $80, and apply the needed services and repairs.

Call us at 817-232-9866 if you are experiencing engine problems or your car won’t start.

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