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Car won’t start in cold weather

What to do when your car won’t start in cold weather Diagnose car won’t start in cold weather Diagnosing a car won’t start in cold weather condition is similar to diagnosing any other type of car won’t start condition. In other words, start with the basics: fuel and fire. How to test for spark If your engine uses spark plug wires, check for spark by removing one of the spark plug wires from a plug and hold it about a half inch away from the top of the plug while … Read More

Car won’t start, starter issues

Diagnose car won’t start caused by starter issues If your car won’t start because the starter doesn’t rotate the engine, you’ve come to the right place. First, let’s take a look at the many ways a starter can fail. Here are the most common starter failure symptoms: • Turn key to start and hear nothing • Turn key to start and hear a single click • Turn key to start and hear multiple rapid fire clicks What to do when you turn the key to start and hear nothing symptom … Read More

Car won’t start, cranks but won’t fire up

Step by step for a engine cranks but won’t fire up condition IF the engine cranks but won’t fire up, ALWAYS start by checking the immobilizer (SECURITY) light in your car. Some immobilizer designs cut off fuel to prevent theft. If the light is flashing, get that checked out by a shop before proceeding with any of these tests. If you turn the key and the starter engages and rotates the engine but the car won’t start,  this post is for you. Let’s divide the topic into these three sections: … Read More

Car won’t start

How to get help and advice for a car won’t start condition Every day I see car owners write into automotive forms and ask for help by stating; “My car won’t start.” You should know that asking the question that way isn’t going to get you good answers. You’ve provided no useful information to the volunteers on the forum. I’ve listed several other was to ask the question that includes a bit more useful information car wont start clicking noise car wont start just clicks car wont start no noise car … Read More

car wont start after jump

My car wont start after I jumped it Every day I see people say their car won’t start after jump. They’ve tried jumping the battery and still the car won’t start after jump. First off, we have to understand that car won’t start is pretty useless information. Do you mean it won’t crank? Will it crank but not fire? Does it try to fire up but can’t keep running? Does it start and then stall? See, it’s just not that simple to get an answer to why your car won’t … Read More

pacifica wont start

Car won’t start If you own a Chrysler Pacifica and your Pacifica car won’t start or starts hard in freezing weather, you might have a problem with a sticking idle air control motor. The idle air control motor lets air bypass around a closed throttle plate. But when temps are below freezing the motor can stick. Chrysler has issued a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) #18-004-06 Rev A to address the problem. The fix applies to all 2004 vehicles with the 3.5L engine built after July 12, 2003 and all 2005 … Read More

GM alternator wiring

GM alternator wiring GM has many different alternators and each has its own alternator wiring diagram and alternator symptoms. One of the key differences is how the internal voltage regulator determines charge rate. Does it check the vehicle’s voltage internally or from an outside source? The PDF shown here is for a GM CS 130 and CS 144 alternator. Both of these alternators (generators) can be wired differently depending on their application. They can have a BAT wire and two additional wires, or a BAT and a single “L” wire. … Read More

GM Passlock Trouble Codes

GM Passlock trouble code definitions This is one in a series of articles. READ THIS FIRST GM made several different types of anti-theft systems. VATS, PassKey, and PassLock. The troubleshoot and reset procedures are different for each. PassLock seems to have the highest failure rate. So if you have a key WITHOUT a chip in it, chances are it’s a PassLock system. This article describes how to troublshoot and fix a PassLock system. But here are some more articles to help Click here to see the resetting procedure for PassLock … Read More

Dodge Neon won’t start

Dodge Neon no crank no start If you have a Dodge Neon no crank no start condition, the first place to start diagnosis is with the battery. You must have at least 12.25 volts measured across the battery terminals to get that starter moving. And don’t think you can tell the condition of the battery terminals by looking at them—you can’t. So clean them with a wire brush. Then clean all the ground terminals coming off the negative battery terminal. That means negative battery to engine, to radiator support or … Read More


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