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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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Isaac

6 years of experience
39 reviews
Isaac
6 years of experience
Suzuki XL-7 V6-2.7L - Car is not starting - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Isaac was great! He had to come out to me 2 times, and was incredibly quick to respond and swing by. My car is working great now, he found the problem and fixed It in 30 min and I didn’t need to get my car towed or anything! Super handy and great service

Gustavo

17 years of experience
396 reviews
Gustavo
17 years of experience
Chrysler PT Cruiser L4-2.4L - Car is not starting - Schertz, Texas
Gustavo, is great....found the problem and fixed it , nice guy and will call again if I need him Thanks so very much Bob Swaney sends

Raymond

37 years of experience
394 reviews
Raymond
37 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz E320 V6-3.2L - Car is not starting Inspection - Las Vegas, Nevada
Ray arrived promptly and did everything possible to complete a repair. It was finally determined the necessary repairs could only be achieved at a dealership.

Jequan

7 years of experience
72 reviews
Jequan
7 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz E320 V6-3.2L - Car is not starting Inspection - Durham, North Carolina
Jequan is very good. My car was just towed from a shop i wont mention and they could not figure out the issue and he figured out the issue in an hour or less. Highly recommend him.

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