Getting Back on the Road When Your Car Does Not Start

You probably do not have a mechanic toolset in your trunk (or maybe you would not know what to do with one even if you did), so it is a helpless feeling when you are away from home in a car that will not start. If you are in this situation, do not give up – there are a few things that you may be able to do to get back on your way.

If you can not get your vehicle started, what you hear (or do not hear) can give you some hints about what is going on.

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What To Do If Your Car Won't Start

Nothing Happens When You Turn the Key

  1. Open the hood.
  2. Locate the battery.
  3. Park the donor car near your car and turn off both vehicles
  4. Take your jumper cables and attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery
  5. Attach the other red clip to the battery terminal of the donor car.
  6. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal of the donor car.
  7. Attach the other black clip to any unpainted metal surface on your car as far from the battery as possible.
  8. Start the donor car and let the engine run for a couple of minutes.
  9. Try to start your vehicle.
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You Turn the Key and Get Lights but No Sound

Your car is not in park. Move the gear to park or neutral and see if the car starts.

Normal Cranking but the Engine Does Not Turn On

You have blown a fuse. If there is a gap in the wire or a dark residue inside the glass on the fuse, then it is blown and needs to be replaced.
You are out of gas. Call a service or a buddy to bring you some fuel.

The Engine Turns Over Very Slowly

Your battery is weak. If the engine cranks slowly, then the starter motor is not getting enough power to turn over the engine. In this case, the likely culprit is a weak battery. Giving the battery a jump will not fix the problem, but it might give you enough juice to get to a parts store for a new battery. Especially in Las Vegas, the hot weather is very hard on batteries. You’ll need to replace your batteries more often in hot weather.

A Fast Cranking with a Spinning Noise

Your timing belt is broken or off. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for a broken timing belt. Take your key out of the ignition and call the towing company or your insurance company if you have roadside assistance on your policy.

Getting Better Auto Insurance with Nevada Insurance Enrollment

Getting stranded is stressful, but fortunately, your auto insurance company can help you out if you are away from home with a broken-down vehicle. Contact your auto insurance agent today to find out more about emergency roadside assistance or to find affordable auto insurance.

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