Keeping Your Car Clean

I still remember the day that I bought my first car. I thought it was the most perfect vehicle in the world, and I vowed to care for it diligently. Unfortunately, within a few days I had forgotten about my promise, and I started tossing fast food wrappers in the back like everyone else. After awhile I realized that neglecting my car was turning the inside into a garbage pit, and I decided to learn how to take better care of my vehicle. I took a class on auto detailing, and it really helped me to turn things around. I want to teach you what I learned, so you should read this blog.

Why Won't Your Car Start?

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When you get into your car and it won't start, it can be very frustrating. You might have a trunk full of groceries or you are running late for work. Regardless of the reason, you want to try and start your car as soon as possible. Here are some tips for figuring out what to do next.

Look at the Dashboard

The first thing you should do when your car doesn't start is look at your dashboard when you turn the key. This can give you a lot of information about what might be wrong with the car. If you look on the dashboard and there is a security light that is flashing, then the problem is not due to your battery and probably not the starter. If it was the battery, no lights would show on the dashboard. The security light usually means an issue with your car's security system. You might need to have your car towed to a mechanic that knows how to troubleshoot it.

Check Your Battery

A dead battery is often the reason a car doesn't start. There are a few ways to check your battery. The first way is to have it load tested. You will need to get a tow to a mechanic to load test the battery, or you can try getting your car jumped by someone else, and driving it to the closest repair shop. This tends to be the most reliable way to test a battery.

If you think your battery is close to dying, but not quite completely dead, you can test the battery with the accessories. Turn on all your lights and go out to the car to see how bright they are. If they seem dim, your battery is on its way out and doesn't have enough power to turn the car on. It is also a good idea to keep a multimeter in your car, as this can test the battery for you.

Look Under the Hood

You might also be having problems with the battery cables. These are the cables that are connected to the metal components on your car's battery. Open the hood and find your battery. If you see corrosion or build-up around the battery cables, this might be the culprit. You can try wiggling them as well. If they feel loose, you will need to have them tightened. You might be able to move them enough to get your car started, but you should still go to a mechanic.

The car might not be starting due to the starter, but this is something a mechanic will need to troubleshoot. For roadside assistance contact Ruhls Diesel Repair.

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5 May 2015