Kingsley Auto Repair Specialists

When Your Car Won't Start

There is nothing worse than heading out to your car just to find out it won’t start. During cold northern Michigan winter temperatures this problem is somewhat common. It's helpful to your Traverse City area auto repair specialist to know the symptoms the car is demonstrating. Familiarize yourself with these common vehicle symptoms now so that if you're left out in the cold you can relay important information to your trusted technician.


No Start Symptoms:


Vehicle cranks, but doesn’t start: If your vehicle is demonstrating this problem, it is likely that it either is not getting fuel or it is not getting a spark. There are several potential reasons for this. First, check and make sure your gas tank is not empty. If you have fuel and it still won’t start, you likely need to take it into a reputable repair shop.


Vehicle doesn’t crank and makes multiple clicks: When this happens it is likely that your battery charge is low. One way to test that is to turn on the dome light and then attempt to start the vehicle. If the dome light dims, it is likely your battery. Your vehicle will probably start if it is jumped. It is then important to let it run for a while to recharge the battery. It is also a good idea to take your vehicle in to have the battery tested. You may need a new battery.


Vehicle makes one click when the key is turned: This type of symptom typically means that you have a faulty starter or starter relay. If this is the culprit, you may need to have your starter replaced, but this can be easily tested at a reputable Traverse City repair shop.


There is no sound and no power when the key is turned: There could be multiple reasons for this type of symptom. It could be as simple as the battery being completely dead or it's getting no connection at all. It could also be the alternator, starter, or ignition. If your vehicle cannot be jumpstarted, it's a good idea to get your vehicle to a repair shop to have proper diagnostics completed, so that the issue is identified and fixed.



At Auto Tech we provide quality auto repair at a reasonable price. Our northern Michigan auto repair shop has been building a reputation based on trust and hard work since 1991.  Our team of experienced technicians are ready to serve you at our Kingsley and Traverse City auto repair locations.  Call us at (888)942-6008 today.