Waiting for a Towing Service: Why Won’t My Car Start?

Is there anything more frustrating than getting in your car only to find that it won’t start? This is especially troublesome when you have no idea as to why you are in this predicament. There is a myriad of indicators that suggest why your car won’t start and most of them will require using a towing service.

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Won’t Turn Over

Sometimes, you will turn the keys in the ignition of your car and absolutely nothing happens. One possible cause of this issue is that your battery has died. You have three options when you encounter a dead battery. The first option is getting a good samaritan to attach jumper cables from their battery to yours. Always remember that the red jumper clamp goes onto the positive side of the battery, and the black clamp goes on the negative end. Your car’s battery will often have these colors on the corresponding sides of the battery.

You can avoid asking for help by investing in a battery pack, which essentially jumps your car from another battery. If your battery is completely shot, you need to call a towing service. If a dead battery is a regular occurrence, have a professional inspect your charging system and alternator.

Another reason your engine won’t turn over could be a faulty ignition switch. An ignition switch is a mechanism that sends electricity to your motor, in turn starting your car. Fixing this switch requires the services of a professional, so you will need a towing service to bring your car the nearest mechanic.  

Clicking Sound

A different set of issues is associated with a car that won’t start but makes a clicking down when you turn the key. For example, a rapid clicking noise could indicate a faulty starter. The starter is an electrical motor that uses your battery to start the engine. If you find that your battery terminals are working, but the car still won’t turn over, there is a good chance the starter could be the culprit. Once a towing service brings your car to a mechanic, professionals can remove your defective starter and install a new one.

A clicking sound can also indicate that your engine has seized. This means that your entire engine needs to be rebuilt or replaced altogether. You may also need to consider whether it is time for a new car entirely.  

Spinning Noise

If your car is cranking faster than usual and making a ‘spinning noise,’ you may have a damaged or worn out timing belt. A timing belt is the part of your engine that synchronizes moving parts in your engine so that its valves open and close at the right times. A broken timing belt can seriously harm your engine, as well as prevent your car from starting. Call a towing service to safely get your car to the shop and assess any damage the malfunction may have caused. If you hear a spinning noise while turning over the car, it is time to have it checked out by a professional.

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Cranking But Won’t Start

Sometimes your car will make a normal cranking noise but still won’t start. This could be due to a fuel system fault. If there are issues with your fuel system, your fuel could be contaminated or you may need a fuel pump replacement.

Another possibility is that your engine won’t spark. This means that your car won’t ignite the compressed fuel and air in your engine that allows it to start. Performing a spark test can determine what is happening with your car. However, spark tests are a dangerous process that should be carried out by a professional. Have a towing service bring your car to a mechanic if you suspect that you are having spark issues.

Choose The Right Towing Service

You most likely will require maintenance regardless of what’s causing your car troubles. Since your car won’t start, you should hire a professional towing service to safely bring your car to the mechanic. Accurate Towing Service’s nationally trained and certified staff will take care of your towing, recovery, and hauling needs. Their reliable service has kept New Jersey moving for over 30 years. If your car won’t start, it is time to contact Accurate Towing Service.

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