Q: Car not starting.

asked by on January 11, 2016

My car won't start.

If your vehicle will not start you likely have one of three issues. An ignition problem, a fuel problem, or a starting system problem. If your ignition system cannot burn the fuel being delivered the engine will not run. If the engine does not receive any or enough fuel it will also not run. Battery, starter, and alternator issues can also cause a vehicle not to start. I would first recommend having a technician from YourMechanic come and inspect your vehicle for starting issues related to these three systems.

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