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Why Won’t My Car Start?


Without a doubt, every owner dreads the moment when their car won’t start. What should you do? Who should you call? Can you fix it yourself? Here’s a list with ten common reasons why cars don’t start up and what you can do about it.

'The first step is to define the no start' said Joe Spadafora, certified instructor at Universal Technical Institute’s Exton, Pennsylvania campus. Spadafora spent the majority of his career in working in the service department of several dealerships and receiving factory training from GM. He’s certified as a Master Technician and certified by Chrysler as a Dodge Viper technician . He also holds certifications from Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Lexus and Scion as well, so if there’s something wrong with your car, chances are he’s seen it before.

To diagnose the reason your car isn’t starting, you need to pay attention to happening when you turn the key. 'Does the engine crank but not actually start or, when you turn the key, does literally nothing happen?' he said. 'In a customer’s eyes, the following two options are the same because both create a scenario that results in the vehicle’s failure to run.'

While the two situations might seem similar, they have very different meanings that are important to a mechanic and can signal different problems calling for a variety of solutions.

'It’s important to note that a vehicle is an extremely complicated machine and can exhibit similar symptoms for a variety of reasons,' he said. 'That is why it’s important to first look at the type of ‘no start’ and then at the list of conditions that could be causing it in the first place.'
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There are a lot of reasons as to why a car won't start. Carburetor problems for carb type engines could be one of the reasons..
 

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Only three things: Fuel, Air, Electrics. For fuel injected or carbs, same diagnostics. The help, is the newer cars have a computer port to help find problems. Usually, if no light then a fuel problem, unless battery is under 9 volts.
 

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My Mini wouldn't start and cost me £150 to join the RAC and get it towed home.

The cause was the ignition switch. It's only 10 years old FFS.
And upon searching the tinterwebs, faulty ignition switch seems to be a common problem.

Thank you BMW accountants for choosing the cheapest components in your premium priced car.
 

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It is 10 yrs old and you were probably not the original owner, right? You don't feel the same today as you did 10 yrs ago, and you are not a mechanical device used maybe 8 times a day all your life. And how many things do you have dangling from the key ring?
 

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It is 10 yrs old and you were probably not the original owner, right? You don't feel the same today as you did 10 yrs ago, and you are not a mechanical device used maybe 8 times a day all your life. And how many things do you have dangling from the key ring?
Just as a comparison, my previous car was 13 years old when I sold it, it never let me down.

It was a Toyota that was in production for 10 years.
As an active memober on a forum for this car, which included hundreds of members with 23 year old cars....I had NEVER heard of a faulty ignition switch.

5 minutes of Googling why my Mini wouldn't start...lots and lots of issues with ignition switches fail.

As I've already said, BMW use cheap parts.
 

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With 50 yrs. experience in European Cars as a Specialist, I have only had to place 4 ignition switches and most were before your time. A 68 Ford Cortina, 73 Triumph GT6, & 73 Jag Xj6. All were faulty, but were tested faulty. ( No internet back then.) My 69 Ford Galaxie was changed because of my using landing lights for high beams. Sure some switches seem cheap, but there are only a few manufacturer of these switches and they make both Toyota and BMW switches. I was only trying to help and as you know out of 3 million switches produced for MINI some 1-1 1/2% will be bad. The heat cycles of the electrics can wear them out and as you know these cars have more electronics than your previous old car. The internet allows those 1% of what is bad to post so everyone who looks will feel they belong to the group and replace whatever they say is bad. Possibly cure, possibly money loss. I was, of what I saw, helping an individual that was having problems and trying to fix something without the proper diagnostic tools and needed free help. I did not criticize, just tried to help. I have never owned, Toyota, Datsun, Nissan, Daewoo, Kia, Hyundia or Chrysler products. I'll also bet you drive the MINI a lot different than you did the Toyota. Forgive me for thinking I knew more than you. Yes, my brother-in-law did show me how long (years) you can drive a Toyota with the check engine light on and the red engine needs service light.
 
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