Common Problems that Prevent Engines from Starting

Common Problems that Prevent Engines from Starting


When you first notice that your vehicle isn't easily firing up, you'll want to be proactive about addressing the issue. By delaying, you run the risk of the problem worsening to the point that your engine won't start at all, leaving you stranded and potentially in a very difficult situation. Here are seven common reasons that cars don't start.

Faulty Fuel Pump

A bad fuel pump can prevent the proper movement of gas between your tank and engine. Signs of a fuel pump problem include inconsistent acceleration, as well as sputtering while driving at high speeds.

Bad Starter

If you put your key in the ignition and turn it, but then get nothing except a clicking noise, then you've got a familiar indication of starter trouble. Eventually, regular wear and tear can cause the starter motor and solenoid to fail.

Faulty Distributor Cap

When moisture gets under the distributor cap, voltage may not be able to reach the spark plugs as needed.

Battery/Charging System Problems

A brand new car battery should work reliably for three to five years. If yours dies sooner for no obvious reason (like you left your lights on), then a faulty alternator could be to blame.

Bad Ignition Switch

When an ignition switch fails, power may not be able to properly reach the starter solenoid. Flickering dash lights are one sign of ignition switch trouble.

Clogged Fuel Filter

A fully clogged fuel filter can prevent the engine from receiving the fuel it needs to get fired up. By getting to the shop for a new fuel filter every 30,000 miles, you can avoid this issue.

Dirty Fuel Injectors

When fuel injectors get all gunked up, they can prevent the combustion chamber from taking in the necessary fuel to bring your engine roaring to life. To help get fuel injectors sufficiently clean, you can try using a fuel additive.

If you need auto repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable mechanic. For auto repair in Wichita and McConnell Air Force Base, contact the experts at Peniston Automotive at (316) 263-1295. Peniston Automotive also offers the Lifetime BG Protection Plan in Wichita. Feel free to give Peniston Automotive a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!


Peniston Auto Blog
Posted: January 18, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ