When your car won’t start what should you do?

servicesaturdaySo let us set the scene… You are already to get to where you need to go and you take a seat in your trusty ride when …. IT WON”T START! What? Not today!  Any day but today, not today!

So what do you do now? First if you are by yourself YELL… yes Yell… no this will not make your car start but it will make you feel a little better and then we can move on to figuring out what to do next.

The next step is to try and start the vehicle once more and listen to the vehicle.  Often times we can figure out what is going on by the noises we hear or don’t hear.

  • Silence: If you turn the key and hear nothing, you might be having an issue with your battery cables. They bring the charge from your battery to the starterstart2 to get things rolling, so if they’re corroded, broken, or loose, you’ve got a problem. You can try checking them to see if they’re in good shape, but you may need to replace them. That’s where our Buckeye Honda and Toyota techs come in!
  • Turning over but not starting: If you turn the key and hear the engine attempting to start but not quite getting there, you might have a problem with your spark plugs or your fuel system. Neither are things you can quickly fix, so you may want to call our Honda or Toyota service center in Lancaster and schedule an appointment to get things working efficiently again!
  • Clicking: If you turn the key and hear a clicking noise and then silence, your battery may be dead! Try turning on your headlights or using your power door locks – if you can’t do either, you definitely have a dead battery. You can get a jump and head to your destination, but make sure you head into our Honda or Toyota service departments to have it checked out. You may need to replace the battery, or something in the charging system may not be functioning properly.  Our Central Ohio Honda and Toyota Technicians can run a quick diagnostic on the battery and charging system quickly we won’t break the bank.

startNow if you have  an older vehicle the weather might be to reason for your vehicle not cooperating.  Cold weather and older faulty fuel injection systems don’t get along real well.  The Rain and old distributor caps usually don’t play well together either.  The good news is the Qualified Honda and Toyota Technicians at Buckeye in Lancaster Ohio are equipped to handle these issues and get you back on the road quickly.

One of the best ways to not get stranded is to have your vehicle maintained regularly, including a battery and charging system check when you are in the dealership.  Again this is quick and free with service and can really save you a lot of time, hassle and headaches.  So the next time you are in at Buckeye ask them to check your battery, you might just save yourself the need to Yell!

Buckeye Honda Service can be reached at 740-653-7678 and Buckeye Toyota Service can be reached at 740-654-3943

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