If you get into your driver’s seat and find that your car won’t start, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the problem and figure out your next steps. There are a lot of reasons for a car to refuse to turn on, but they’re easy to distinguish from each other.
If you try to turn your key and nothing happens, this usually indicates a problem with the battery terminal cable connections. If this is the case, you may be able to start the car by lodging a screwdriver with an insulated handle between the connector and the terminal post, but that’s a short term solution. You need to get the cables replaced.
When the car makes a clicking noise and won’t start, that’s indicative of a dead battery. Here’s when you call your buddy or find a good Samaritan to help you jump start the battery. It would also be a good thing to keep jumper cables in your car if you (or someone else) ever need to have a jump!
If the engine starts but dies, you’ll probably need professional help if you have a car with fuel injection instead of a carburetor. Either way, if you’re having these issues, it’s best to check with a mechanic or your dealer. Stop by and see us at Mazda of Lake Charles in our Service department and we can help you get the right service for whatever the reason your car isn’t starting!