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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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Graham

17 years of experience
132 reviews
Graham
17 years of experience
Cadillac XTS V6-3.6L - Car is not starting - Wauconda, Illinois
Graham arrived ahead on time for the appointment. My appoint was only for an inspection as to why my car was not starting. He was able to jump start the car and gave me two theories as to what the problem could be. Graham was polite and did not rush the appointment and I even asked him a few other question about the my car that he answered. I told him going forward, I would be requesting him as my mechanic (I like to be loyal) and plus he has a sense of my issues.
Buick Century - Car is not starting - Schaumburg, Illinois
Graham went out of his way to get my car running again. It was a scheduled inspection but a quick fix fix did the trick. Thanks Graham

Theodore

16 years of experience
1418 reviews
Theodore
16 years of experience
Toyota Yaris L4-1.5L - Car is not starting - Bothell, Washington
My mechanic was on time. He answered any questions I had. He definitely knew what he was doing. I would have him work on my car again.
Nissan Versa Note - Car is not starting - Bothell, Washington
Even though it was raining pretty heavy, Theodore was professional and friendly and did a good and thorough job of taking care of my car. So quick and convenient - highly recommend!

Gustavo

15 years of experience
18 reviews
Gustavo
15 years of experience
Nissan Maxima V6-3.5L - Car is not starting Inspection - River Edge, New Jersey
Gustavo showed up promptly and did a great job. Provided recommendations on future maintenance needed for my vehicle. Will gladly us Gustavo again for all future work.
Hyundai Tucson - Car is not starting - Hoboken, New Jersey
Gustavo was absolutely amazing! He arrived early, was friendly, professional and knowledgeable, made great recommendations and had all of the work done in no time! When I called customer service to say how satisfied I was with both YourMechanic and Gustavo, John at the call center was equally as amazing, helping me book my next appointment based on Gustavo's recommendations/estimate. I HIGHLY recommend both Gustavo and YourMechanic!!

Elias

14 years of experience
51 reviews
Elias
14 years of experience
Honda Civic L4-1.7L - Car is not starting - New York, New York
He was very respectful and did a great job. He was knowledgeable about his job. He was also on time and has great communication.

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