What to Do When Your Car Won’t Start

November 5th, 2018 by

It’s said that when you’re in the biggest hurry, that’s when things start to get out of your control. Picture this: you wake up early in the morning and groom yourself to look tidied up for a job interview. This is the first time in months that you actually have extra time to be prepared and get to your Charlotte job interview. It isn’t until you get to your car and attempt to turn it on realizing that you have car trouble. You feel like your whole world is falling apart and resent having to be in this situation at this moment in time. This is when Toyota of North Charlotte comes in to let you know what steps to take after accepting that you have car trouble.

Toyota of N Charlotte's car trouble tips

Reasons for car trouble can range in a spectrum from restarting your car to buying a new car. Hopefully in your case it’s nothing that’s impossible for Charlotte Toyota techs to fix. Before getting into what to do after realizing you’re having car trouble, you have to figure out the root of the problem. With this in mind, the whole process of getting your car fixed will be made easier and you’ll have fewer worries on your plate.

  1. You have a dead battery: If your car’s battery is dead, there is no way you’ll be able to get it to turn on. You’ll know the battery is dead when you turn the key in the ignition, and there is no noise; also your lights and radio don’t turn on. If this is the car trouble you’re going through, look for someone with jumper cables so they could help jump start your car. Or get your car towed so that you could take it to the Charlotte Toyota service center. Call now to make an appointment!
  2. You are due for new spark plugs: Spark plugs are replaced every 100,000 miles or so and are needed to ignite your fuel. When your spark plugs give out, it makes it difficult for your Charlotte Toyota to accelerate, which could be dangerous when driving—especially on the highway. Thankfully spark plugs are easy and inexpensive to get replaced; the sooner you get this fixed the less car trouble you’ll have afterwards.
  3. Your fuel filter is clogged: The fuel filter from your Charlotte Toyota makes sure that clean fuel goes where it’s supposed to, which is under the hood. In the event it gets clogged, the car’s gas isn’t able to reach the engine so it behaves like it’s on E.
  4. The starter is broken: The starter is an electrical motor connected to the battery. It’s what gets the engine going when the key is turned in the ignition. So if the starter isn’t working, the engine won’t be working either. A good sign that you’ll need to replace your engine is if you hear a clicking noise as opposed to the engine rumble when you turn your key.
  5. The alternator isn’t doing its job: The purpose of the alternator is to warrant that your battery is charged. Therefore, if your alternator starts acting up, a warning light should show up on the dash and you should take it to Toyota of N Charlotte to get it fixed.

Car trouble is never convenient but the only way to deal with it is by… dealing with it. Once you figure out what kind of car trouble you’re having, the next step to take is to bring it in to Toyota of North Charlotte and have one of our techs fix the problem. Make an appointment and stop by! We’re located at 13429 Statesville Road.

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