Why Won’t My Car Start?

It’s one of those things that’s bound to happen: You put your key in the ignition, but nothing happens. Drivers all over the Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega areas experience this issue every now and then, and the first step to fixing it is knowing the cause.

To help you answer the question, “Why won’t my car start?”, Land Rover Santa Fe has laid out some of the most popular reasons as well as what steps you can take next. Be sure to contact us today with any questions!

Dead Battery

New Car BatteryOne of the most common reasons you’re having car-starting problems has to do with a dead battery. Your car’s battery is the main power supply for your vehicle, and if it isn’t charged correctly, your car won’t be able to turn over.

This could be the result of a faulty battery, but it may also happen for other reasons. For example, if your vehicle has used too much power—like if you leave the headlights or dome light on—it won’t have enough left to work effectively. Furthermore, it can also be caused by a loose wire or poor conductivity.

To get your battery powered up again, you can jump-start your vehicle. This should give you enough power to make it to your authorized dealership, where they can assess the issue further.

Faulty Starter 

Another common reason your car won’t start is that your starter won’t crank. Starters are connected right to your battery, and if it’s broken, the engine won’t be able to tell you’re trying to start the vehicle at all.

If you’re hearing a clicking noise when you turn the key, or it’s louder than normal when trying to start your vehicle, you should have your starter inspected right away.

Check Your Battery with Oil Changes

Broken Ignition Switch 

When there’s nothing wrong with your battery or starter and your vehicle still won’t start, the problem may be with your ignition switch. You can see if this is the culprit by turning on your headlights; if they shine bright like normal, your battery is working fine.

To see if your ignition switch is definitely broken, reach out to your certified service center. They will be able to troubleshoot the issue and let you know what you can do next.

Empty Gas Tank

After realizing your vehicle isn’t starting, have you checked to see where your gas levels are? Having very little or no gas in the tank might make you feel a little silly, but it’s a very common reason why your engine won’t start. However, the fix is pretty easy: Add some more gas, and you should be good to go!

Schedule Service at Land Rover Santa Fe Today

Although we hope you never have to experience car-starting problems, our team of highly trained professionals at Land Rover Santa Fe is here for you if that scenario happens. Whether you need a new battery, your starter needs repaired, or anything in between, you can schedule a service appointment today.

Everyone here looks forward to getting you and your vehicle back on the roads of Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega soon!

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