Car Won’t Crank – What Can You Do?

Car Won't Crank

If your car won’t crank, you probably know how stressful that can be. It usually happens at the worst time possible, too! What can you do?

A car not cranking can be caused by several issues, including:

  • A Dead : A weak or dead can prevent the car from cranking. Even if the lights and dashboard appear to work, the battery may just not have enough amperage to operate the starter.
  • Bad starter: The starter is responsible for turning the engine over. If it’s failing, or not getting full power, it may be unable to crank the engine over.
  • Loose or corroded cables: Dirty or loose cables can prevent electrical current from reaching the starter.
  • Broken serpentine belt: A loose or broken serpentine belt won’t be able to drive the alternator, leading to a dead battery.
  • Failing or voltage regulator: An alternator that is not working properly will prevent the from being charged, leading to a lack of power.
  • Ignition switch: The ignition switch is nearby, and connected to your car’s ignition tumbler. If the ignition switch is not working, it will not allow the electrical power to reach the starter.

As you can see, there are a number of possible reasons your car won’t crank (and this is before even getting into the possibility of problems with the car’s wiring between all these components).

So, you can start by giving these things a look and (hopefully) get yourself back on the road without the need for a tow truck.

If you’re uncomfortable troubleshooting these things, feel you may be in over your head, or just want a second opinion, don’t be afraid to call a professional and make an appointment!

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