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Car Won’t Start — Step by Step Approach

Car Won’t Start — Where to begin

Let’s get out terms straight. When you turn the key and the starter engages and rotates the engine, that’s referred to as CRANKING. After cranking, an engine in good shape FIRES UP and runs.

Knowing that, let’s take this step by step.

No cranking, no noise

If you turn the key to START and nothing happens and you hear no noise; no clicking or whirring from the engine, go here for troubleshooting advice.

No cranking, but a single click, multiple clicks, rapid clicks

If you turn the key to START and you hear a single click, multiple clicks, rapid clicks from the engine compartment, go here for the next step.

Engine cranking but won’t fire up

If the engine cranks with no sign whatsoever that it’s attempting fire up, go here for the next step.

If the engine cranks but occasionally feels like it’s trying to fire up, go here for the next step.

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