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Car is not starting Inspection Service

A car that fails to start is a rare occurrence in this age of greatly improved efficiency and reliability. But it still happens occasionally, and the advanced electronic technologies that have made cars better have also made the job of roadside diagnosis difficult, if not impossible, for even reasonably handy owners. One of our expert mobile mechanics can provide an expeditious diagnosis and provide a quote for any necessary repairs.

Common reasons for this to happen:

If the engine cranks, but the car doesn't start:

  • Bad fuel pump: A faulty fuel pump won't deliver fuel to the engine, even if you've just filled up.

  • Bad spark plugs: Without hot sparks to ignite the fuel charge in each cylinder, there is no combustion and no expansion of the burning mixture. Thus, the engine will not start.

  • Bad timing belt: If the timing belt stretches or breaks, the engine will not run. Moreover, continuing to crank the engine may bring the valves into contact with the piston, causing serious engine damage.

  • Bad ignition coil: Without a functional coil to step up the voltage, there can be no spark. No spark means no start.

  • Faulty cam or crank sensor: If the sensors are faulty they will either provide no information to the ignition system, or will provide incorrect data. Either way, the engine will not fire.

If nothing happens after you turn the key:

  • Bad battery or terminals: Batteries have a finite lifespan, and terminals can loosen or corrode.

  • Bad starter: This should be obvious from the response to the key. If nothing happens at all when you turn the key, the starter may have reached the end of its life.

  • Ignition problem: This could be due to faulty contacts in the ignition switch, or in the wiring.

If there is a grinding noise when you turn the key:

  • Starter is bad: Do not persist in cranking the engine.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the cause of your car’s failure to start through a series of diagnostic procedures. You will receive an upfront, fair and transparent estimate for the necessary repairs. The mechanic will book a follow-up appointment to perform the repairs and will bring the required parts and tools. All repairs are covered by our warranty.

How it's done:

The mechanic will check the ignition system, fuel system, and charging system, and then look for any mechanical damage. The mechanic may also try an alternative fuel source, like a quick shot of brake or carburetor cleaner into the throttle body, or a quick shot of liquid fuel via a vacuum line. If the car starts momentarily and then dies, that indicates that you have a fuel delivery issue.

How important is this service?

It goes without saying that a non-starting car is an important issue to address. Do not ignore or abandon the car if it’s not starting; this is an issue that should be dealt with promptly. Book a mechanic to perform a thorough diagnostic as soon as possible.

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Michael

6 years of experience
82 reviews
Michael
6 years of experience
Saturn SL2 - Car is not starting - Seattle, Washington
Michael zeroed in on the problem and its root cause IMMEDIATELY and explained how it would be repaired in a simple and straightforward manner. After years of encountering surly mechanics, Michael restored my faith in people who love what they do and do good work!
Lexus ES330 - Car is not starting - Seattle, Washington
Michael, was right on top of the problem with my vehicle. He was able to determine and fix the problem. Good mechanic!

William

34 years of experience
338 reviews
William
34 years of experience
Fiat 500 - Car is not starting - Peoria, Arizona
William was great. Came in on time, tested my vehicle, diagnosed that the battery need to be replaced. Tested my vehicle with another battery, and workd good. Tested the alternator, which was working well. Very professional, knowledgeable, explained that in Arizona the batteries won't last more than 2-3 due to high heat. Great service, thanks a lot. Liviu Sipiceanu
Chrysler 300 - Car is not starting - Phoenix, Arizona
William was great he diagnosed the issue with my car. The previous mechanic didn't connect the connector all the way to seal it onto the starter. Because of that it slipped off and my car wouldn't start. I'm just glad he fixed it and that it will be covered under warranty.

Luis

18 years of experience
272 reviews
Luis
18 years of experience
Honda Civic - Car is not starting - Fort Lee, New Jersey
Very fast and efficient. Came in, diagnosed the issue, went to get the parts and then was back to fix it very quickly. Friendly person, definitely recommend.
Mini Cooper - Car is not starting - Paramus, New Jersey
Luis was punctual, professional, and a true automotive expert. He was able to diagnose my car troubles (no start) in a matter of minutes. He explained what the issue was in a courteous manner and saved me the headache of having it towed. Very fair and highly recommended!

John

27 years of experience
808 reviews
John
27 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz C300 - Car is not starting - Pearland, Texas
John did a great job checking out our Mercedes electrical problem and explained things well so I could follow. Gave me good advise. Thanks
Honda Accord - Car is not starting - Houston, Texas
John Explain everything that was going on with my Honda. And what was need from the complete car diagnosis . Starter needed to be replaced. John has great knowledge of vehicle mechanics. What outstanding job..

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