Six Reasons Your Car Won't Start

There's never a 'good' time or reason for your car not to start. There's several reasons it may not be starting, some things you can resolve, but others may need to be addressed by your dealer. Let's take a look. 

Your Battery Is Dead

Usually when your car won't start, it's because your battery is dead. When your car is running, the battery is charged by the alternator. The electrical components (radio, dome light, lighted vanity mirror) being left on or a loose wire can cause your battery to die. Your battery may also be nearing the end of its' lifespan, or the battery cables may need replacing. Try getting a coworker or friend help you jump start your car, and head to Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air for a replacement battery.

You've Run Out of Gas

Don't feel bad, it happens more often than you think! You meant to stop, but got distracted. Luckily, the answer to this problem is simple - get more gas.

Your Security System

Your anti-theft system could have been tripped, causing your car not to start. Your key could have lost its programming, your immobilizer system could have been activated or your locks may have stopped reading your key. To resolve these kinds of issues, you'll need to visit your Chevrolet dealer and have them review your electronics.

Battery Terminals Are Loose

When your battery can't connect, your car won't start. It's quick work to make sure the terminals are connected correctly. 

Clogged Fuel Filter

Your fuel filter keeps dirt and other debris from damaging your engine. When it gets clogged, your engine may not start. Sticking to your vehicle's scheduled maintenance program can help you avoid this problem.


Something in Your Engine Has Failed

We're all so used to lights on our car telling us what could be wrong, you may not even notice when something is off. Several engine parts can contribute to your car not starting, let's take a look:

  • Alternator - A bad alternator can cause your battery not to charge, leaving you with too little power to start your car.
  • Starter - A faulty starter can draw more power than needed, draining your battery.
  • Spark Plugs - Your spark plugs have a lifespan of about 100,000 miles, so problems are rare. If you're driving an older car, this could be the culprit.
  • Fuel Pump - When your fuel pump goes, you can have gas in your tank, but it has no way of reaching the engine.
  • Ignition Switch - If your ignition switch isn't working, your engine won't get the signal to start your car.

Schedule an appointment with Bob Bell Chevrolet Bel Air to have your vehicle checked out so you don't get stranded.


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Being a Chevrolet owner means knowing every technician at Bob Bell Chevrolet Bel Air who services your vehicle has met some of the highest service standards in the industry. When you bring your vehicle to us, you can be certain of two things: quality service and certified Chevrolet parts. Our Service Department staff is passionate about caring for the best vehicles in the world, and committed to keeping your Chevrolet performing optimally. 


Save on your next Chevrolet service appointment in Bel Air with Bob Bell Chevrolet Bel Air discounts. Take a look at our current service specials, or call us at 443-219-1063 to hear more. Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air offers expert repairs, maintenance, parts installation and more at our Bel Air auto repair center. Explore our service incentives here, then schedule your appointment online. We look forward to helping you keep your car in peak condition.


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