A car that won't start can be a big pain especially when the driver is trying to get somewhere quickly. Sometimes the reasons why the car will not start are mechanical. Here are three possible culprits that could be preventing a car from starting.
If a car was made after the mid 90s, chances are it has a transponder key. A transponder key is a key that has a chip that emits a signal to the car's computer. If it's the right signal, then the computer will allow the car to start. However, if the key is damaged and the right signal is not being emitted, then the car will not start. Transponder keys are meant to be a form of theft prevention. However, when they malfunction, a trip to the locksmith is necessary. A locksmith will be able to either reprogram the key or obtain a new one that will work with the car.
Another surprising reason why a car may not start is dirt and grime. Over the years ignition locks can actually get pretty dirty as dust and dirt collects within. The lock can also have problems if it lacks lubrication. If a car will not start or has trouble start, this may be the problem. The solution is often just some routine maintenance and a trip to the locksmith. A locksmith can clean and lubricate the lock and make it easier for the key to turn. Sometimes drivers may think the problem is with the key instead of the ignition lock. If unsure, the driver should try to use a spare key before getting their ignition lock cleaned. If the spare key does not work, then the problem may be with the ignition lock.
Another reason why a car won't start is a problem with the battery. If the car is cranking but not starting, then the problem is most likely a dead battery and not an issue with the keys or ignition. A bad connection to the battery caused by corroded wires will lead to a completely silent car when the key is turned. This is a problem that should be immediately addressed by a mechanic.
A car that won't start is something that every driver dreads. There are many different reasons why a car may not start. Some possible problems include a faulty transponder key, a dirty ignition lock, or a problem with the battery.