3 Likely Reasons Your Car Won't Start
At some point or another, most car owners have walked to their car from their house, the store, or wherever they might be, sat down, and turned the key only to find their car won't start. After one or two more attempts, that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach starts to take hold and you begin quickly running through all the possibilities as to why your car might not be starting up. Did you leave the lights on? Was it having difficulty starting up last time you got in? Your head is likely filled with questions and you can't help but be frustrated that this is happening to you now and ruining your day. There are any number of different reasons that your car might not be starting up when you turn the key, but with that being said, there tend to be several reasons that are more common than others. To help identify what a few of these are so you can more quickly find the solution to your problem and get the kind of help you need, our team of skilled Fort Walton Beach towing professionals have taken the time to put together this short list. If none of the solutions for your problem are present below, or don't seem to work, give us a call and let us provide you with the fast and reliable towing and roadside assistance services you need to get your car back on the road.
Empty Gas Tank
While it might be somewhat embarrassing to come up short on that gas station you were sure you would make it to, you aren't the first driver to miscalculate and you won't be the last. If your fuel was already low the last time you turned off your car, there is a very real chance this could be the reason your car won't start. Fortunately, this is a very fixable problem. In these instances, you can either walk or get a ride to the nearest gas station, or you can call on our roadside assistance professionals to provide you with fuel deliver to quickly get your car back on the road.
This is easily the most common reason for a car refusing to start, and with our hot summers here in the Fort Walton Beach area, it only makes this issue more common after your car has been sitting in the hot sun for hours on end. Higher temperatures put greater strain on batteries, and if you get in your car, turn the key, and nothing happens, it's likely this is the cause of the issue. A dead battery means that no lights, dings, or anything will come on when you turn the key, but our team of towing professionals here at Dale's can provide you with a quick jumpstart to get you back on the road.
Another possible cause of your car not starting could be the starter itself. The starter is a small motor that's powered by the battery that helps to get your engine running. If you hear a clicking noise when you turn the key to your ignition, but you still see lights come on or warning dings, a broken starter is likely going to be the problem. While jumpstarting can sometimes work to get your car back on the road, it isn't guaranteed. The best bet is to have your car professionally towed to a local garage where the problem can be fixed by repairing or replacing the defective starter.