What is preventing my engine from firing up?

What is preventing my engine from firing up?


An assortment of automotive issues can prevent an engine from firing up, with some being easier to identify than others. If your car is having trouble with starting, you'll want to be proactive about addressing the problem. Otherwise, there's a good chance that the issue will worsen to the point that your car won't start at all and you'll end up stranded. Here's a look at six common causes of no-start.

Bad Starter

If you turn the key and get nothing except a clicking sound, then you're likely dealing with a failing starter. After years of use, regular wear and tear can cause the failure of the starter motor and solenoid.

Failing Alternator

Your alternator charges up your battery. If it fails, your battery's power reserve could become depleted to the extent that you end up stranded.

Bad Fuel Pump

When a fuel pump fails, gas is prevented from properly traveling between the tank and the engine. Erratic acceleration is one indication of fuel pump trouble.

Clogged Fuel Filter

When a fuel filter becomes completely clogged, it can prevent the engine from taking in the necessary fuel to fire up. In many cases, a partially clogged filter will make it difficult to start before the filter becomes fully clogged and doesn't allow the car to start at all.

Faulty Ignition Switch

Ignition switches are integral to the creation of electrical pathways that engines need to properly start up. Flickering dash lights are one sign of an ignition switch problem.

Dirty Fuel Injectors

Gunked-up fuel injectors can prevent your combustion chamber from receiving sufficient fuel to fire up. In this situation, you can try using a fuel additive as a way to get rid of pollutants from your injectors.

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Fuzion Autoworks Blog
Posted: October 15, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ