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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 source and cause of your car’s failure to start, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

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 inspection as soon as possible.

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Matthew

Matthew

31 years of experience
516 reviews
Matthew
31 years of experience
Acura RL - Car is not starting - Hampton, Virginia
Matthew is a very professional mechanic. He did an inspection on my vehicle and explained the issue was and what that particular part does for the vehicle and why. He made it "unmechanically" understood for me and he also recommended other services needed. He worked on my vehicle a few years back as well. Thank you Matthew and hope to have you work on my vehicle when I request the service.
Kia Optima - Car is not starting - Hampton, Virginia
Absolutely one of the best customer service experiences I had in life. Friendly, professional, knowledge, and fair - Matt’s quality of service alleviated my apprehension about contacting a mechanic. Thanks
Miguel

Miguel

19 years of experience
20 reviews
Miguel
19 years of experience
Nissan Murano - Car is not starting - North Bergen, New Jersey
Finally someone who was able to get to the source of the problem and get the vehicle started. Will be following up with him for future repairs.
Lexus RX330 - Car is not starting - Fairfield, New Jersey
Great ease of knowledge and character = great service, great experience, great peace of mind. 5 stars professional. THANK YOU, Miquel!
Carlos

Carlos

15 years of experience
218 reviews
Carlos
15 years of experience
Honda Accord - Car is not starting - Sun Valley, California
Carlos was absolutely amazing! Hands down, one of the best mechanics I’ve ever experienced! He was only suppose to do an inspection for my car because it wasn’t starting and he ended up staying for 2 hours just to give me peace of mind regarding my car troubles. He had a lot knowledge, patience and very helpful. I’ll definitely be using YourMechanic now because of Carlos.
Nathan

Nathan

16 years of experience
27 reviews
Nathan
16 years of experience
Ford E-150 Econoline - Car is not starting - Acworth, Georgia
Nathan was friendly, knowledgeable and willing to answer my dumb questions without being condescending. He got the old van started. Despite my worries of catastrophic costs (fuel pump, ECU, etc.), Nathan remained confident in his diagnosis of starter issues. For now, it is running, though I may still need to replace the starter. I would definitely work with Nathan again.

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