You can tell a lot about what’s going on by how your car sounds when you try to start it. Turn the key over and listen…
If the car starts, even after a bit of struggling, but dies a short time later (with usually the electronics dying first), you may have a bad alternator. This situation necessitates a tow and consultation with a professional.
Another essential component to the system that gets your car going is the starter. When your starter fails, you may hear a grinding noise or a whining noise. In either case, it’s time to get your car towed to the shop!
Do you hear a clicking noise? According to Dummies.com, this could indicate that your battery is dead. The best thing to do is get a jump from a friend or good Samaritan and drive straight to a car parts supply store. Many of these stores will test your battery for free. If your battery is indeed dead, you can purchase one right there. In addition to free testing, these places also usually offer free installation.
Using these helpful tips, you can confront a car that won’t start with grace and poise, even when you want to scrap your car right there. It’s a frustration everyone can relate to, but you can overcome it!