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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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Joseph

19 years of experience
507 reviews
Joseph
19 years of experience
Toyota 4Runner - Car is not starting Inspection - Salt Lake City, Utah
Told me exactly what needed to be fixed now, and what issues I had coming up, let me decide how to proceed, and didn't try to sell me anything.
Chrysler 200 - Car is not starting - Sandy, Utah
Joseph was one of the best mechanic's I've ever worked with. He was fast, very knowledgeable and honest. He was able to diagnose every issue my car had and got me on the road quick.

Peter

24 years of experience
334 reviews
Peter
24 years of experience
Infiniti G35 - Car is not starting - Encino, California
Peter was great and very thorough. Even was able to come a day earlier. He will be my go-to mechanic from now on!
BMW 750Li - Car is not starting - Los Angeles, California
Peter is a very experienced, knowledgeable mechanic , he knew immediately what the problem was and only took him a few minutes to confirm it. Great personality and very friendly. I trust him as a mechanic and as an honest human being.. Adelmo

Sean

16 years of experience
109 reviews
Sean
16 years of experience
Honda CR-V - Car is not starting - Arlington, Virginia
Sean was very knowledgeable and friendly. He showed up early and did a thorough inspection of my car.
Jeep Wrangler - Car is not starting - Alexandria, Virginia
Superb, professional service preceded by a thorough diagnosis and analysis. Total client satisfaction.

Gregory

30 years of experience
295 reviews
Gregory
30 years of experience
Jeep Cherokee - Car is not starting - Englewood, Colorado
Greg was very prompt and courteous. He worked extremely hard to diagnose the problem, I would choose him the next time I use your service, you should be proud to have him as part of your team. Sincerely Tom Helle

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